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In a letter to the school ...
In a letter to the school board dated Dec. 19, TSC Superintendent Scott Hanback recommended ending Battle Ground Middle School teacher Pamela Dahnke's contract.
, an 18-year TSC veteran and former TSC coach, taught eighth-grade health and nutrition.
has been on paid leave since September, when a special needs student accused her
of duct taping his
"On September 30, 2008, Ms. Dahnke
placed duct tape over a student's mouth during class in an effort to correct his
excess talking," the letter states.
"Placing duct tape over a student's mouth for approximately half the class period (15-20 minutes) and allowing that student to leave the class with tape on his
mouth demonstrates behavior which cannot be tolerated.
It is good and just cause for contract termination."
When reached late Wednesday, Dahnke
was unaware the board had made a decision and had no further comment.
The finding of facts and conclusions of law, which the board adopted Wednesday, indicated that when confronted about the incident, Dahnke
was very sorry and that it was intended to prove a point."
According to those documents, Dahnke
was notified in October that her
contract was being considered for cancellation.
Later that month, she
requested an official hearing.
It also said Dahnke returned to the school after the principal, Bea Younker, directed her not to be there.
Dahnke previously sued the school district in 1997 after she was forced to resign as softball coach at Harrison High School.