Teacher tapes zealous pupil's mouth shut

A Bosnian teacher irritated by a zealous pupil who practised maths at home even though he had not been given homework punished him by taping his mouth, a school head teacher said on Wednesday.

Boban Jakovljevic, star pupil at the Banja Luka elementary school, had his mouth taped with Scotch tape for almost one hour after telling his teacher that he had solved 52 math problems at home, head teacher Jovanka Zavisa said.

“In my 33 years’ experience in education, I never heard of such an incident,” she said. “Instead of praising publicly such an excellent pupil, the teacher punished him. I do not understand her motives.”

“The teacher kept my son’s mouth taped despite the fact that he has difficulties in breathing only through his nose and he barely survived,” the nine-year-old boy’s father, Slobodan Jakovljevic, told local media.

The 26-year-old teacher, Jadranka Prijic, was immediately suspended.—Sapa-AFP

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