The school district is now calling the action “inappropriate” after a photo of a teacher taping a face mask to a young student sparked outrage on social media.
The unhinged teacher, who allegedly works at Pennfield Middle School, can be seen applying a piece of scotch tape to the side of the young boy’s mask as she attaches the other end to his face.
The student looks to be right around just 10 years old.
On Monday, a picture of the appalling incident surfaced online, which naturally sparked outrage among parents in the community who are now planning a demonstration at an upcoming North Penn School District Board meeting this week.
One concerned parent posted details of the demonstration to their Facebook page, calling on others to email the school board about the incident before the meeting.
“Pro-mask or anti-mask, I hope we can all agree that taping masks to children’s faces crosses the LINE. This was not a joke for the child or parents,” they wrote.
“An image taken in one of our classrooms last week and circulating on social media does not represent the universal values that the North Penn School District strives to instill in both our students and staff,” the school district, which is situated in the Montgomery County suburbs of Philadelphia, noted in a statement Wednesday. “After an immediate investigation, it was determined that while the incident was isolated and no malice was intended, the actions of the teacher were entirely inappropriate and unacceptable, no matter the context.”
“We understand that the act of taping a mask to a student’s face is concerning to many and apologize that it occurred,” the district added. “The matter is serious and it is being addressed with the employee. However, all personnel and student matters are confidential and no further information can be provided.”
“The lack of good judgment and common sense demonstrated by this educator is shocking,” a spokesperson for the North Penn Stronger Together Facebook group told Fox News in a statement. “There is no justification for this action – regardless of whether the intent was playful, joking, malicious or something else.”
“The fact that our school district leaders did not immediately remove this educator from any classroom responsibility may be a bigger and more shocking offense,” the group spokesperson added. “Every district should take measures to ensure that this does not happen in their schools.”
Chuck Callesto, a one-time GOP candidate for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District, highlighted the outrageous incident on Twitter. “Teacher at Pennsylvania’s Pennfield Middle School caught taping mask to young child’s face in class,” Callesto wrote.
BREAKING REPORT: Teacher at Pennsylvania’s Pennfield Middle School Caught TAPING MASK TO YOUNG CHILD’S FACE In Class – Outraged Parents Plan Demonstration at Upcoming School Board Meeting…