Gagging order: Irate American mother Kila Currence, complained that her eight-year-old daughter, Ashleigh, was punished for speaking out of turn by having her mouth taped shut and being forced to sit in front of the class for 10 minutes. She said her daughter had not heard a teacher's question and had turned to another student for help. School district authorities said the first-year teacher at North Carolina's Mallard Creek Elementary School was suspended with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation. Later the school's principal apologised to the family.
Death to profanity: Tennessee's Hendersonville High School student handbook declares a more than zero-tolerance of bad language. "Profane language will not be tolerated," it reads. "Stern discipline will be death to any student guilty of this conduct." The US school's principal, Paul Decker, explained that the word "dealt" had been replaced by the word "death" in error.Reuse content