CPS teacher accused of disciplining students with duct tape resigns, officials say

Teacher accused of duct taping students resigns

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati math teacher resigned after an investigation into his usage of duct tape to discipline students.

Cincinnati Public Schools spokesperson Lauren Worley said the incident happened in late December.

Our partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer identified the teacher as Charles Igwekala.

Worley says school administration acted immediately and met with the teacher and notified the parents of the students.

The teacher was suspended from all CPS schools pending an investigation.

CPS says they reported the allegations to 241-KIDS the same day and the school district also initiated its own investigation.

They say they followed protocol and reported the incident to the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Professional Conduct.

CPS says they held a disciplinary conference soon after where the teacher acknowledged in a written statement that his actions were inappropriate and resigned Jan. 18.

Worley says the teacher taught math at Clark Montessori High School and Hughes STEM High School and had been employed by CPS since 2015.

Statement from CPS on Teacher Resignation

March 15, 2019

In late December, a teacher inappropriately disciplined students using duct tape.

Administration officials swiftly responded when they learned of these allegations. As soon as the school principals were informed, they met immediately with the employee, removed him from the classroom and instructed him to not return to any CPS schools pending an investigation. The parents of the students involved were immediately notified.

CPS reported the allegations that day to 241-KIDS; the District also initiated its own investigation and reported the allegations to the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Professional Conduct, per the District’s protocol. The District soon held a disciplinary conference; the teacher acknowledged in a written statement that his actions were inappropriate and resigned January 18, 2019.

The teacher taught math at two schools, Clark Montessori High School and Hughes STEM High School. He had been employed by the District since 2015.

In a statement to the Enquirer, Worley said that the report to the Ohio Department of Education will go on the teacher’s record should he apply for another teaching position.

She also said no further action will be taken against the teacher on part of the district.

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