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Teacher Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp makes students wear ''cone of shame'' pet collars

10:48 PM, May 9, 2012   |    comments
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Zephyrhills, Florida -- A Pasco County school teacher is in trouble for putting a cone intended for pets around her students' necks.

Called Elizabethan collars, they are meant to be put around the heads of dogs and cats to keep them from chewing on themselves after they have surgery.

According to a school district investigation, Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp -- a science teacher at Zephyrhills High School -- last month put a cone on at least eight students.

Photo Gallery: Teacher has students wear "cone of shame"

The whole idea came from the movie Disney-Pixar movie Up, which she showed in her classroom twice. In that film, a dog wears "the cone of shame" as a form of punishment.

In a letter recommending that Bailey-Cutkomp be fired, Pasco Superintendent Heather Fiorentino writes, "Ms. Bailey-Cutkomp, your actions show extremely poor judgment and concern me for several reasons. I am stunned that you would put dog collars on students for any reason.

"I am very concerned that you used this collar to punish and embarrass students in front of their peers."

But there's mixed reaction from students and parents about this. 10 News spoke with a student who actually wore the collar. She says it was all a joke, and she feels terrible that this teacher might be fired.

Bailey-Cutkomp has asked for a hearing before the school board.

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