(CMR) Despite the concerns of angry parents, Truth for Youth School has reportedly refused to take any serious disciplinary actions against a teacher accused of using extreme forms of punishment on her students.
The grade four teacher reportedly used duct tape to cover several students' mouths and ordered students to stand with their hands raised for close to 10 minutes. The teacher, who is Jamaican, is also said to have threatened to beat students' ‘asses' and warned them “not to let the Jamaican side of her come out.”
The school's leadership reportedly met with parents and the teacher and discussed the issue; however, no significant disciplinary action was taken. CMR has learned that the teacher is still employed at the institution, and the matter was reported to the RCIPS Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). The Family Support Unit (FSU) is an investigative unit that handles cases involving domestic violence and child protection with a focus on victim support and inter-agency coordination.
The teacher apologized to the parents and the school for her actions in a meeting on Friday. She addressed several concerns regarding disciplining children and assured parents that a new system was in place. Parents and teachers agreed that fear was not the ideal strategy for disciplining children.
The teacher reportedly asked the parents to exercise some level of understanding as she is new to the Cayman Islands. However, some parents believe decisive actions should be taken against the teacher to ensure that this behavior is not repeated with the children.