Florida teacher suspended for making students wear 'cone of shame'

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Florida teacher suspended for making students wear 'cone of shame'

By Isolde Raftery, msnbc.com


A Florida high school teacher was suspended for allegedly making her students wear a wide-brimmed, plastic dog collar as a form of discipline, the Tampa Bay Times reported.


In a stern letter sent to Zephyrhills High School science teacher Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp, Superintendent Heather Fiorentino wrote that she would recommend Bailey-Cutkomp be fired.


"I am very concerned that you used this collar to punish and embarrass students in front of their peers," Fiorentino wrote.


Bailey-Cutkomp allegedly gave students the option of wearing the collar or sitting at the tardy table if they arrived late to class. Eight students ended up wearing the collar, the superintendent said.


Fiorentino described the cone as a “collar used to prevent animals who have had surgery from licking their wounds” and said the collar was inspired by the popular Pixar movie, “Up,” in which a pudgy golden retriever named Dug is forced to wear a “cone of shame.”


Bailey-Cutkomp had shown the movie to her class on the days before and after spring break, Fiorentino wrote. Bailey-Cutkomp had told administrators she did so because attendance is typically low on those days and she did not want her students to fall behind.


Dug, a golden retriever mix from the Pixar movie, "Up," was forced by other dogs to wear a dog collar, which he called "the cone of shame."



When students expressed interest about the cone of shame after seeing the movie, Bailey-Cutkomp, who has a veterinary background, explained that its proper name is an Elizabethan collar. (The name is a nod to Elizabethan times, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, when the monarch and her subjects wore fashionable “ruffs,” or puffy, lacy collars around their necks.)


Administrators found out about the cone of shame after students posted photos of each other wearing the dog collar to Facebook.


“When asked how you selected students to wear the collar,” Fiorentino wrote in her letter, “you explained that you initially used it to redirect student behavior.”


Bailey-Cutkomp did not immediately reply to a message requesting comment sent to her work e-mail.


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Bailey-Cutkomp’s use of the dog cone is a variation of the dunce cap, which was a large piece of paper fashioned into a cone and placed on a child’s head. Children who had greater difficulty learning or paying attention were most often deemed the dunces.
Typically, the child was then made to stand in the corner of the classroom as a form of humiliation.
The dunce cap went out of fashion in the 20th century, according to wisegeek.com, and modern educators find there are few, if any, benefits to public humiliation.
I see nothing wrong with this.

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OilyJillFart

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sitting at the tardy table
I thought they weren't supposed to call them that any more..

I agree there isn't any benefit to singling out a kid and doing some sort of trivial embarrassing punishment to try and make a point, but just tell the teacher to stop doing it.

They probably wanted the teacher gone for a long time and used this as the reason, or at least the start of the process if they can't get it done on this alone.
 

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Collars, diapers- high school has become what I troll the Internet for at 2 in the morning. And afternoon.
 

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i had a grammar school teacher who was a bastard. He would call people idiots, morons, retards. He would dump your desk either on your lap or right in front of you or outside the room in the play yard. I remember my parents not believing me what was going down but they had a parent teacher meeting. I don't remember what was said but the guy never fucked with me again. I also remember getting hit with yard stick by a nun in first grade.
 

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Administrators found out about the cone of shame after students posted photos of each other wearing the dog collar to Facebook.
They were so traumatized by this they posted it on their Facebook wall.
 

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My third grade teacher was a robo-bitch. On her chalkboard she had a painted picture of a dog sitting in a dog house with tears coming out of her eyes. If you fucked up, she put your name under the dog house. At the end of the day you had to write out a note to your parent telling them the shit you did, then bring it back the next day signed. I noticed that at the end of the day she would erase our names from the doghouse list on the chalkboard so I got a bright idea, ditch the note and see if she forgets. The next day, I get to school and she has completely forgotten about me being in the doghouse. A few hours go past, and of course there is that one fucking snitch that can't hold their mud anymore that points out that I didn't turn in my signed note.

I still remember the look on her face when that snitch said "you can't hit me I'm a girl" and I slugged her right in the gut. Kristy Clinton....snitch, kiss ass, attention whore, goody two shoes scumbag.
 

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My third grade teacher made me give her neck rubs. :icon_eek:
 

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It must have been odd having your little boner poking her in the back while you did it.
It would have been, but she smelled like cigarettes and really cheap perfume, so all I could muster was a soft 2.
 

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Why don't these kids just refuse to do it? I was thinking about this the other day, if you get a detention and refuse to go, what would they do to you? I wish I would have thought of that in high school, detention is fucking waste of time.
 

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We had a boozehound music teacher named Augustine Caputo... I still remember that nutjob's name. He was a drunk and a half and we called him Augie right to his face and he didn't even care. He used to be blitzed during class and some days he would just sit there and play the piano for the entire class... like oldey time night club jazz piano songs.

His method of punishment was "the wood shampoo"... he'd rap you on your head with one of those oldey time wood and brass yard sticks... hard. He'd fucking whale on you. Like you'd be seeing stars... raise knots on your head. He doled out his wood shampoos indiscriminately and not exclusively or even particularly as a punishment... he'd be bombed and he just enjoyed beating kids about their heads with a stick. You blame him?

His entire class basically consisted of doing whatever you wanted while he merrily and drunkenly played his piano and ignored the class, and taking a painful wood shampoo on the occasions when it struck his fancy.

He beat the piss out of the boys with his stick, but he took it much easier on the girls... he only gave them a coupla three clouts... the boys... he rained that shit down on your melon like machine gun fire. But, his class was fun... you didn't have to do shit, and everybody got an A. So, meh... take your lumps and call it a good time. We loved that guy and we took our drubbings with good humor.

Actually... I remember that one little faggot actually complained about Augie... a little weasel shit named Rich Sorbero. He complained to the principal and ol' Augie got a talkin' to. Not that he gave a fuck... he was loaded and tenured and probably a year away from a full pension, so he just laughed it off and kept right on shampooin' em.

We ganged up on Rich Sorbero when we heard that he had ratted Augie out and we beat his ass for him. Augie never touched him with the stick again, but we made sure he got ten times worse from us.

Fuck that l'il ta'eltale.
 

BIV

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Why don't these kids just refuse to do it? I was thinking about this the other day, if you get a detention and refuse to go, what would they do to you? I wish I would have thought of that in high school, detention is fucking waste of time.
That would have led to suspension at my school.
 

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i got the shit beat out of me on a regular basis at public elementary school. i turned out perfectly fine
 

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i got the shit beat out of me on a regular basis at public elementary school. i turned out perfectly fine
I can say the same thing, and I'm better for it. My kid brother didn't get a tenth of ass kickins I did, and the difference between us is night and day. Fuck, he's 27 and lives off me.