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Baltimore Schools Have Really Strong Masking Tape

Apologies to the Post's Bill Turque for missing this great blog post in LL's daily roundup. Turque recounted schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee sharing her war stories from her first year of teaching second grade in Baltimore, 18 years ago.

Rhee had poor class management skills, she said, recalling that her class "was very well known in the school because you could hear them traveling anywhere because they were so out of control." On one particularly rowdy day, she said she decided to place little pieces of masking tape on their lips for the trip to the school cafeteria for lunch.

"OK kids, we're going to do something special today!" she said she told them.

Rhee said it worked well until they actually arrived at the cafeteria. "I was like, 'OK, take the tape off. I realized I had not told the kids to lick their lips beforehand...The skin is coming off their lips and they're bleeding. Thirty-five kids were crying."

Unsurprisingly, Rhee tried to walk back a bit from that story:

Rhee said in an e-mail Friday that the students' mouths weren't covered. "I was trying to express how difficult the first year of teaching can be with some humor. My hope is that our new teachers will bring great creativity and passion to their craft while also learning from my own challenges." Still, it's difficult to imagine a DCPS instructor, first-year or tenth-year, surviving the masking tape stunt without suspension at a minimum.

Yeah, that's... maybe not the type of example DCPS wants Rhee setting for young teachers.

More importantly: Is masking tape really strong enough to rip off skin?  LL could not find any masking tape around the City Paper office, but tried covering his mouth with Scotch tape and ripping it off. It was painful. But there's no way the tape is anywhere strong enough to rip off skin. LL calls, "Shenanigans!"

Comments

  1. #1

    "Shenanigans"? Why not just call it the lie that it is?

  2. #2

    Ok scotch tape and masking tape are two different things. Duh! Until someone actually test MASKING tape, it's possible it could have caused the injuries mentioned. Right????? Come back when you've tried it LL Cool J

  3. #3

    masking tape does not hurt on the skin, its very light and certainly not strong enough to cause damage

  4. #4

    Masking tape is specifically designed to be easily removed, and furthermore the adhesive is greatly weakened by moisture (saliva, sweat, etc.) Based on my experience with masking tape, I am equally dubious that it could be strong enough to remove skin or cause bleeding.

    Getting caught in hair, on the other hand...

  5. #5

    maybe she meant duct tape.

  6. #6

    She is such a liar and one who is losing her touch. Just leave and take your bullshit with you.

  7. #7

    Let her keep telling her back in the day "stories".... Eventually, she will have told so many lies, she won't be able to keep then straight.

  8. #8

    WOW! GREAT TEACHING SKILLS.

    SHE WASNT EVEN A TEACHER LONG ENOUGH TO HAVE ANY DECENT, ACURATE AND/OR ACTUAL WAR STORIES.

    AHHH HELLO? MCFLY?! 6 AND 7 YR CHILDREN ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ROWDY AT LUNCH TIME. YOU WOULD THINK INSTEAD OF SHUTTING THEM UP SHE COULD HAVE FOCUSED ON THEIR VOCAL SKILLS AND HAVE THEM SING INSTEAD.

    TAPING THEIR MOUTH SHUT THEN=FIRING TEACHERS NOW.

    GET THIS HO OUTTA MY CITY!!!

  9. #9

    Thanks for mentioning the masking tape question. I must admit I've been wondering how that could tear off skin.

  10. #10

    Depending on the condition of one's skin (dry, chapped), I would believe that it is possible for skin to peel or bleed from removing anything that contains some sort of adhesive.

  11. #11

    "GET THIS HO OUTTA MY CITY!!!"

    AMEN!!!!

    From the post blog entry:

    "Lawwwd Ms.Rhee whatchu gonna do!!!!??" Rhee boomed, drawing a big laugh. "Lawwwd Ms. Rhee whatchu gonna do!!!!??"

    Yikes! Fire her and start the child abuse investigation already.

  12. #12

    Her biscuits should have been prosecuted for cruelty and child abuse. She should have nothing to do with children, including her own.

  13. #13

    I'm a little late to the party here, but had to say something. What in the world??? THESE are the types of tales (whether true or false) she's relating to bond with new teachers??? PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Ms. Rhee -- PLEASE get married and go back to Cali with the OTHER mayor!

  14. #14

    Maybe she should be taped-with duct

  15. Hoping for the Best
    #15

    No wonder she's goona marry an accussed child molester. She sees nothing wrong with her behavior. Quick, someone get the WHO Sociopath checklist.

  16. #16

    I can't imagine a test you could perform that would quantify the threshold of pain or skin toughness of a 7 year-old compared to an adult that wouldn't send you, deservedly, to jail, so try and use some sympathetic understanding instead.

    But then I can't imagine a school district that would put someone with a total of three years in the classroom--and she wouldn't have lasted three days pulling crap like that in any district not equipped with dirt floors--in charge of a building department, much less a building. Much less a district.

  17. #17

    Just reading this blog and I'm surprised how anyone with this background moved so quickly up the ladder of educational leadership. What young teachers need to know how to tape the mouths of children until they bleed as long as they are poor inner city kids. She would have not gotten away with it in a middle-class school or for sure never taught again and had a report of child abuse, ending her career in education.

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