Teach axed for keep­ing kids in loo

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A state ar­bi­tra­tor has fired a tenured teacher in New Jer­sey for con­fin­ing two stu­dents in a bath­room.

The ar­bi­tra­tor found Donna De­Marco guilty of con­duct un­be­com­ing for us­ing the con­fine­ment as a means of pun­ish­ment or be­hav­ioral con­trol.

De­Marco was a teacher at Pack­anack El­e­men­tary School in Wayne. Half of her class of 16 stu­dents were spe­cial needs or had autism.

The teacher tes­ti­fied she used bath­room con­fine­ment as a de-es­ca­la­tion tech­nique for two stu­dents dur­ing the 2015-16 school year. She also said she re­ferred to the chil­dren us­ing deroga­tory terms in front of col­leagues as a means of vent­ing.

The ar­bi­tra­tor had ini­tially said the name-call­ing was un­pro­fes­sional, but not grounds for ter­mi­na­tion.

De­Marco was hired in 2006 and granted ten­ure in 2009.

Her lawyer de­clined to com­ment.

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