Ohio math teacher resigns for taping students mouths shut

by Kim Boateng Posted on March 16th, 2019

Cincinnati, Ohio: Charles Igwekala-Nweke, a Cincinnati Public Schools teacher who acknowledged putting duct tape over students’ mouths to discipline them has resigned.

District spokeswoman Lauren Worley says Charles Igwekala-Nweke resigned in January.

Igwekala-Nweke taught math at Clark Montessori High School and Hughes STEM High School and had worked for the district since 2015.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Friday that school records show a student told another teacher Igwekala-Nweke put tape over his mouth in December.

Igwekala-Nweke wrote in an email to Hughes Principal Kathy Wright that he taped students’ mouths shut instead of reprimanding them for talking during an exam.

“In the efforts of maintaining a proper test environment, I told students I would give them zeros to counter their conversations,” he said in the email. “But, instead of giving them reprimands and zeros on their semester exam, I proceeded to using duct tape on students.”

At least three students told officials their mouths were taped shut.

Igwekala-Nweke later apologized, saying he allowed “gross rationale to justify gross behaviour.”

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