Washing an unruly child’s mouth out with soap was a popular form of discipline back in the day, and now one teacher in West Palm Beach, Florida, has brought it back with a 2020 spin – by using… hand sanitiser.
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Science teacher Guyette Duhart told the student who wouldn’t stop talking, “You need to have your mouth washed with soap”, before grabbing the bottle of hand sanitiser and pumping it into the student’s mouth.
Naturally the internet is split on Mrs Duhart’s old school methods, with half the people wanting to see her fired and jailed:
Should be fired and prosecuted for child abuse.
— Wally Busch (@walleyeb1) February 21, 2020
That teacher should be charged with child endangerment. If a parent did that, that’s what would happen. Why do teachers get a free pass on crimes against children?
— Jennifer Vanderputten 🌊 (@JenVanderputten) February 22, 2020
Hope he’s arrested for assault
— kattanderssen2019 (@kattanderssen21) February 21, 2020
And the other half really impressed by the way she handled the situation and pleased to see classic 1950s disciplinary practices back in classrooms:
omg! People today make such a big deal about everything 🙄. Back in my day they used to stand us in a corner, use soap if we disrespected, hit our behind or palm of hands with a ruler and had us hold books in our hands. And we all survived!!
— Barbie0457 (@BC0457) February 22, 2020
We used a bar of soap in my day.
— RobertC (@RobertC65459522) February 21, 2020
An old punishment from my youth that worked!
— Alex Wilson (@Milalex43) February 23, 2020
Polo Park Middle School have decided on their own punishment for the teacher and it turns out she’s being suspended for 10 days without pay, which is pretty tame really. Duhart had admitted sticking the hand sanitiser into the student’s mouth but said he pumped it himself, although ‘several students’ are backing up the victim’s side of events.
Kid was probably being an annoying little shit to be fair. So all in all not a bad result for the teacher considering others schools would probably fire you immediately for something like this.
For the first grade teacher who tried to buy an 8-ball of meth while teaching class, click HERE. A little hand sanitiser doesn’t seem so bad now does it?