Action Line: Teacher accused of tying up first grader

Kamaile Academy

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A mother is outraged over the treatment of her first grade daughter at school. It’s an incident that’s raising questions about the teacher training when it comes to disciplining students and why this one particular teacher had no idea she had crossed the line.

The incident happened at Kamaile Academy — a charter school in Waianae.

Maylene Tabangcura found out about it last month when another teacher called her anonymously and said that her daughter was being mistreated by her first grade teacher.

Tabangcura talked to her daughter and was shocked to find out how the child was being punished for not paying attention and not doing her homework.

“The teacher would tie her up in her jacket and the teacher would make her stand up in front of the classroom. And then sometimes she would put my daughter on the back table and start hitting her head with a pencil,” Tabangcura said.

Tabangcura met with the teacher, the principal, and the vice principal, and was even more surprised that the teacher didn’t deny it.

“When the principal and the vice principal asked her, she said she admitted to it that she did tie up my daughter and that she didn’t know that they couldn’t do that,” Tabangcura said.

The school’s principal admits that there was an incident, says that type of behavior won’t be tolerated, and the teacher was dealt with appropriately. She wouldn’t say those things on camera.

So, how does a teacher end up in a classroom thinking it’s okay behavior?

KHON2 asked the head of the Charter School Commission.

KHON2: “It would seem to be common sense that it wouldn’t be allowed, don’t you think?”

Thomas Hutton: “There are definitely things that are more of a function of common sense and professionalism and I’m sure factoring in conversations that the school may be having with that person.”

The school’s principal said teachers are trained before they enter a classroom on what’s appropriate disciplinary behavior.

The student has been placed in a different class, but Tabangcura says that’s not enough.

The teacher is still at Kamaile Academy and according to the principal, undergoing professional development training.

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