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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/17/2014

Where are the prizes?

STEVENSON, WASH.  — Teachers have it tough, no question, what with large class sizes and unruly students. But one Washington state high school teacher may have taken discipline a tad too far. The Stevenson High School science teacher used a “Wheel of Misfortune” to assign punishments for “low-level misconduct,” according to Reuters. One option included being pelted with rubber balls by fellow students. Cellphone footage posted online showed a student being hit by the balls as he shielded his face with a book. The spinning prop was considered “inappropriate but well-intentioned,” said superintendent Dan Read in a letter to parents, and the teacher did not “desire to embarrass, intimidate or harm any student… Poor judgment by any teacher is concerning and we plan to work with the teacher on more positive and productive classroom management skills going forward.” Zoey Zapfe, a 15-year-old sophomore, told KATU News she was punished by the rubber balls after chewing gum in class. “I’m hoping she gets fired because it was beyond humiliating.”