Teacher fired for confining 2 students in bathroom

Wayne (US), Dec 7 (AP) A state arbitrator has fired a tenured teacher in New Jersey for confining two students in a bathroom. The arbitrator found D...

Published: 07th December 2017 08:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th December 2017 08:30 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Wayne (US), Dec 7 (AP) A state arbitrator has fired a tenured teacher in New Jersey for confining two students in a bathroom.

The arbitrator found Donna DeMarco was guilty of conduct unbecoming for using the confinement as a means of punishment or behavioral control.

DeMarco was a teacher at Packanack Elementary School in Wayne. Half of her class of 16 students were special needs or had autism.

The teacher testified she used bathroom confinement as a de-escalation technique for two students during the 2015-16 school year.

She also said she referred to the children using derogatory terms in front of colleagues as a means of venting.

The arbitrator said the name-calling was unprofessional, but not grounds for termination.

DeMarco was hired in 2006 and granted tenure in 2009.

Her lawyer declined comment. (AP) CPS .

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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