An Ohio math teacher allegedly used duct tape to cover the mouths of his students who were talking during an exam. Charles Igwekala-Nweke handed in his letter of resignation earlier this amid investigations into the matter, Cincinnati Public School District spokeswoman Lauren Worley confirmed to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“The teacher acknowledged in a written statement that his actions were inappropriate and resigned Jan. 18, 2019,” Worley said. It had not been known until now that he resigned.
District officials were alerted to the incident in late December by a student accusing Igwekala-Nweke of placing duct tape over his mouth. At least three other students have since come forth with claims that their mouths were taped shut, The Associated Press reported.
In an email addressed to Kathy Wright, principal of Hughes STEM High School – one of two schools where Igwekala-Nweke taught — the teacher wrote that students were talking in class during their semester exam.
"In the efforts of maintaining a proper test environment, I told students I would give them zeros to counter their conversations," said Igwekala-Nweke, according to the Enquirer. "But, instead of giving them reprimands and zeros on their semester exam, I proceeded to using duct tape on students."
Upon learning of the incident, Worley said the teacher was removed from his classroom and instructed not to return pending investigations. In January a disciplinary conference was held at which Igwekala-Nweke handed over his letter of resignation, calling his behavior "unbecoming of a teaching professional."
Igwekala-Nweke, who taught math at both Clark Montessori High School and Hughes STEM High School, added that he "allowed gross rationale to justify gross behavior."
Worley said there was no further action on the part of the district.
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