Vancouver high school teacher reprimanded for duct taping students

A Vancouver teacher who duct taped some of her students’ mouths for talking in class has been reprimanded by the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch.

Margo Fowler, a math teacher at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, punished two Grade 8 students and one Grade 10 student on separate occasions by taping their mouths, according to a 2012 report to the branch from Vancouver School District 39.

One of the Grade 8 students was given a choice of whether he’d prefer to go to the principal’s office or have his mouth duct taped. He chose the latter and sat with his mouth taped for 15 to 20 minutes, according to the decision posted on the regulation branch’s website. One of the student’s friends then posted a photograph of the incident on Facebook.

In April, Fowler admitted to duct taping the mouths of the three students, and has been reprimanded by the branch for professional misconduct.

On the website, Fowler is rated four out of five stars based on the easiness, helpfulness and clarity of her teaching practices. Students appear to like the entertaining, easy-going teacher.

“She is the best math teacher I have ever had,” writes one student, adding that Fowler is humorous in class and keeps the students laughing.

Another stated that Fowler is “Just. Plain. Awesome.”