Mexican high school teacher suspended after forcing kids to wear cardboard boxes on their heads
A high school teacher in Mexico is facing backlash after forcing his students to wear cardboard boxes on their heads, according to Mexico News Daily.
Luis Juarez Texis claimed that the tactic was meant to prevent students from cheating during exams.
Texis has reportedly been suspended for his actions, but some parents are calling for a more severe punishment. In a Facebook post shared last week, a group of parents condemned the teacher, calling his methods a violation of human rights.
"We denounce these acts of indignity, humiliation and physical, emotional and psychological violence to which students were submitted," the post said.
The parents called for Texis to be dismissed permanently, as to prevent further injury to students.
"We beg the federal and state educational authorities and institutions to watch for the rights of young people," the post said.
The school issued its own response to the incident, claiming that the boxes — which had slits cut into them so students could see — were meant as a "dynamic activity" to improve the children's motor skills. School officials went on to clarify that Texis's actions were meant to be playful and that he had received the students' permission before doing it.
"[Our school], is respectful of the human and individual rights of the more than 1,500 students who attend the upper level in this institution," the school said in its statement, which was posted to Facebook last week.
Texis isn't the first teacher to resort to this level of cheating prevention. In 2013, a school in Thailand was forced to apologise after a photo of its students wearing anti-cheating hats went viral.
Unlike Texis's boxes, those hats were more of a headband, with white flaps attached to the sides to prevent students from seeing one another's papers.
"I admit [the response to the hats] has been stressful, so we decided to stop using this method and will talk with students to find other more acceptable ways to prevent cheating," the teacher, Natdanai Rungruangkitkrai, told the Bangkok Post at the time.