Chicago School Binds Boy's Hands With Duct Tape As Punishment For Misbehaving
While some schools still permit questionable disciplinary measures, gone are the days of teachers slapping misbehaving students’ wrists, so when parents of the Chinese Pui Tak Christian school in Chinatown Chicago found out that a boy’s hands had been duct taped together as a punishment, many were outraged.
Pui Tak is a school where the Chinese culture is apparent through the daily curriculum which includes the education of written, spoken and read Mandarin Chinese, standard reading and math courses and the intricate teachings of the Christian Bible.
It is also the location where Harold Irving’s four year old son was found with his hands bound together, according to reports.
“I received a call from the school informing me that my son was in the principal’s office because he refused to take a nap, and he didn’t want to wash his hands. I told them that I would come and pick him up. I arrived shortly after that and found him standing there with his hands duct-taped together. I was stunned. I was absolutely stunned. I had never seen anything like that in 10 years as a police officer and my 44 years of life. I have never seen anything like that done to a child,” Irving, a former police officer, told the Chicago Sun-Times.
A police report and complaint has been filed by Irving, who also has a seven year-old daughter enrolled at the school. The report alleges that the school committed unlawful restraint, and Irving also reportedly notified the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Irving also reportedly believes his son was a victim of racial discrimination.
“I can’t think of any other race that they would have done this to. If we don’t stop stereotyping and demoralizing black boys, we will [perpetuate] the stereotype,” Irving said.
The school’s name ironically means “instilling virtue” and tuition is over $3,600.00 annually per student.
So far, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services have not instituted any sort of statement regarding the report, except that the issue is currently under investigation.