Florida Teacher Made Teens Wear 'Cone of Shame'

Yep, the kind of cone that dogs wear
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2012 10:33 AM CDT
A dog cone. Designed for ... dogs.   (©Tom Purves)

(Newser) – Some teachers work their students like dogs—but in Florida, one science teacher apparently treated her students like canines. Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp, 47, made at least eight of her ninth-graders wear a "cone of shame" last month, reports the Tampa Bay Times. And this particular cone isn't a dunce cap, but the kind of cone dogs wear to make sure they don't lick their surgical wounds. Making the story more bonkers: Zephyrhills High School officials learned about the odd punishment via, what else, Facebook photos.

The county's superintendent has recommended Bailey-Cutkomp be fired, and outlined the odd course of events in a letter. The teacher apparently screened the Pixar movie Up before and after spring break, which led to a discussion about the "cone of shame" that the dog Dug has to wear in the movie. Bailey-Cutkomp says her students asked about it, and she brought one in. Some apparently put it on to see what it was like, but "you stated that you gave some students the option of either wearing the collar or sitting at the tardy table when they arrived late to your class," wrote the superintendent. Another student was allegedly made to wear it after drinking soda in class. Bailey-Cutkomp later admitted it was "probably" a bad idea; she intends to appeal the superintendent's decision. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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