A high school teacher in Tlaxcala, Mexico, has been suspended after reportedly making his students cover their heads with cardboard boxes to prevent them from cheating on an exam.
As first reported by Mexican news sources, outraged parents of the Colegio de Bachilleres Del Estado De Tlaxcala took to social media and demanded the teacher be reprimanded. “We denounce these acts of indignity, humiliation, and physical, emotional and psychological violence to which students were submitted,” parents said in a social media post.
In response to the criticism, the school published a statement on Facebook last week saying it respected the human rights of its students and said the boxes with slits cut out for eyes were actually used as a “dynamic activity” to help students develop motor skills.
“The school of baccalaureate of the state of Tlaxcala (Cobat) Staff 01, is respectful of the human and individual rights of the more than 1,500 students who attend the upper level in this institution,” the school said in a Facebook post originally written in Spanish.
Unsatisfied with the school’s response, parents called for the removal of the teacher. Now, nearly a week after the first images appeared online, the school has reportedly suspended the teacher. The school did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Weirdly, this isn’t the first time a teacher has found themselves in hot water for allegedly ushering in absurd DIY anti-cheating apparel. In 2013, students at Kasetsart University in Bangkok were forced to wear makeshift helmets with pieces oh white paper taped to either side of their heads.
In another case, according to the Telegram, students at Weerachai Phutdhawong were given cardboard boxes to wear with small slits cut out to see through.
Source: notimex, telegram
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