A Russian teacher was fired in Shanghai, China, following accusations that she mistreated her students by taping their mouths shut.
The 25-year-old teacher, known only as “Carrie,” was confronted after the mother of a student, identified only as Zhu, called the police when a family member discovered a piece of adhesive tape on the mouth of her son, Shanghai Daily reports.
After Zhu’s complaint, other students also came forward, revealing they had been similarly punished for being "too noisy."
The now-former educator worked for a local Changning district branch of the K&H International School, which is a prominent English training center for children in the city.
The school apologized to all parents and admitted the teacher had “inappropriately stuck double-faced adhesive tapes to the mouths of two children during the interactive session of the class.”
However, parents are still furious – and not just because of the mistreatment of their children.
It later turned out that the branch of the K&H International School had employed the Russian national to teach American English, despite claiming to hire a U.S. expatriate for the job.
Also, the fired teacher had been working in this school for a year, however, she only got her working visa in October.
"It is very clear that they did something wrong, but until now they've not offered a solution, not even a face-to-face apology," said Yang Huijun, the father of a 4-year-old boy who also had his mouth taped on one occassion.
"They keep citing cultural differences and saying the teacher was doing it playfully, but the incident made me feel horrible because there are so many parents who have sent their children to the school."
Parents of the students who were mistreated are demanding a tuition refund. Parents of the students who were mistreated are demanding a tuition refund. Zhu told Shanghai Daily the school charged 15,000 yuan (US$2,178) for 100 English classes.
Meanwhile, because of the negligence that led to the Russian national’s appointment, the district education department subsequently ordered the branch to cease all of its activities, according to China Daily.