Chillicothe Teacher Punishes Kids By Making Them Stand In The Rain

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A Chillicothe Elementary School teacher has been reprimanded for the way she disciplined her students: she made them stand outside in the rain.

Teachers use various methods to get students to calm down or to manage their behavior, but the district says what this teacher did is not something it would condone.

Chillicothe City Schools Superintendent Jon C. Saxton says on Friday about 25 sixth-graders left the main building at Allen Elementary school for music class in a modular classroom right behind the building.

Once inside, the superintendent says the students failed to settle down.

"Students were basically moved back out to re-enter the classroom appropriately, and the teacher had them remain outside, by the classroom, for more than a few minutes,” said Saxton.

Saxton says the students were lined up on the ramp leading to the trailer, in the rain, for a few minutes.

Saxton says other teachers saw the students and quickly ushered them back inside.

"I didn't like it. I don't agree with it. I mean, I don't know why anybody would take them outside,” said Steve Linton, a parent of a third grader at Allen Elementary School.

Saxton says the unidentified music teacher has been addressed by the principal and says the teacher’s behavior management strategy is not something that is taught, supported or condoned by the district.

“We will provide some support for this teacher, a first year teacher, to give her some better techniques that she can use to try to get classroom behavior under control,” says Saxton.

But some parents say they don't understand why the teacher thought that was a good idea in the first place.

"She should have known better to start with,” said Steve Linton, “I would think, I mean, I don't know what type of training you have to have to know not to put kids out in the middle of the rain."

Saxton says this is the teacher’s first teaching job and says she made a mistake.

And while there were parents who say they were not pleased with what she did, there were others told 10TV they still support her and hope she learns from this mistake.