Jefferson HS band teacher on paid administrative leave after reportedly taping student's ankles

MONROE, Mich. (WXYZ) - A Jefferson High School band teacher is on paid administrative leave for allegedly taping a student's ankles to a chair.

Students tell Action News the instructor was teaching the girl the proper posture during band class. After repeatedly being told to put her feet flat on the ground, the teacher allegedly taped the student's ankles.

"I want my teacher back," said Carissa Norris, a student at Jefferson High School. "If he's not going to be there, I don't want to be there."

Norris says several students had planned on Monday to walk out of school in protest of the teacher being put on administrative leave, but many decided against the protest at the last minute.

7 Action News reached out to the teacher, but a woman who answered his phone said they had no comment.
Jefferson Schools Superintendent Craig Haugen declined an on-camera interview, but issued the following statement:

Jefferson Schools received a complaint against a high school teacher for reported corrective measures in the classroom. The district is in the process of collecting information regarding the details to resolve the issue in a timely manner.

The teacher is on paid administrative leave, and may not have contact with any students in any manner or be on Jefferson Schools' property. Since this is a personnel issue which we are looking into, we cannot provide further information at this time.

The safety and well-being of all of our students at Jefferson Schools is our top priority and we will do all we can to ensure that a safe, supportive learning environment is maintained at all times for all students.

Craig A. Haugen
Superintendent of Schools