B.C. teacher duct-taped students' mouths

The B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch has reprimanded a Vancouver teacher after she duct-taped her students' mouths in an effort to keep them quiet.

Margo Fowler, a math teacher at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, is rated as a top-notch educator on the popular website RateMyTeachers.com, where students describe her as "helpful," "entertaining" and "Just. Plain. Awesome."

But documents posted on the Teacher Regulation Branch's website say Fowler was involved in three separate incidents where she broke professional standards by duct-taping the mouths of her students.

In one case, Fowler gave a talkative Grade 8 student an ultimatum to go to the school office or have his mouth duct-taped shut. He opted for the latter, and a friend then posted his picture on Facebook.

The second incident involved a Grade 10 student, who Fowler also warned to be quiet or face the tape, before duct-taping his mouth shut.

The final incident saw a Grade 8 student, who was “talking loudly” in Fowler’s class, duct-tape his own mouth shut on her orders, the consent resolution agreement said.

The branch has issued Fowler a reprimand citing professional misconduct.

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