Florida Teacher Makes Students Wear Dog Cone Collars as Punishment

Categories: WTF Florida
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A Florida teacher could face serious punishment of her own after doling out a unique brand of strange punishment to her students. After showing the Pixar movie Up in her class, Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp, a science teacher at Zephyrhills High School in Pasco County, decided the best way to deal with misbehaving students was to put them in the kind of conical collars you see on sick dogs.

In the movie Up, the character Dug, a talking Golden Retriever, is forced to wear the conical collar, and it's referred to as "the cone of punishment." The collar, also known as Elizabethan collars, are usually meant to prevent dogs and cats who have just undergone surgery from chewing at their own wounds and stitches.

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Bailey-Cutkomp decided to adopt the cones as her own form of punishment and made at least eight students wear them during class.

"Ms. Bailey-Cutkomp, your actions show extremely poor judgment and concern me for several reasons. I am stunned that you would put dog collars on students for any reason," wrote Pasco Superintendent Heather Fiorentino in a letter. "I am very concerned that you used this collar to punish and embarrass students in front of their peers."

The superintendent has now recommended that Bailey-Cutkomp be fired.

Though, at least one student who had worn the cone told WTSP that the whole thing was a joke, and that she feels terrible her teacher may now be fired.

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11 comments
Meghan
Meghan

I'm one of her students, and she is an absolutely amazing teacher. The cone's were a joke! This is crazy, the cone's were no form of real "punishment". All the kids including the one's who tried them on after being ASKED if it was okay laughed about it. I hate this article for making her out to be a monster. 

val87
val87

boo fucking hoo... a teacher gets fired for something so stupid like this.

dartfrog shut the hell up, thats exactly the problem with america everybody wants to sue for everything,

Disco5000
Disco5000

That Superintendent should be fired.  And probably lobotomized - oh wait, that clearly already happened. 

As for Fartdog37 - you'd lose that lawsuit. 

Adam Minnicks
Adam Minnicks

"I am very concerned that you used this collar to punish and embarrass students in front of their peers."  what form of punishment isn't embarrassing in front of their peers? Standing in a corner, waiting out in the hall, being told to go see the principal, are all embarrassing things. If the children don't want to be embarrassed, they could always try behaving. Political correctness is a virus that has infected nearly every facet of our society.

takurospirit
takurospirit

These are high school students. I really doubt you could force this collar on someone that age and size. Based on that I think they were willing participants and this is being blown way out of proportion.

Clint
Clint

I hate living in this overly sensitive country. It's not like she was hitting the kid. Shut up and move on. 

Dartfrog37
Dartfrog37

Fire her. Period. If it was my kid. Id sue.....good old fashion ways still should be implemented. Tommy go to the principals office were calling your parents. ...

Africantus
Africantus

For real. People need to lighten the fuck up... They were probably annoying and deserved the damn thing anyways!

Orlando
Orlando

"Id sue....."

America.

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