November 3-- A Vidalia High School teacher resigned Friday after a parent complained she made a student kneel and beg to have her cellphone returned.
According to a social media post, the student's phone fell out of her pocket in the class of biology teacher Tiffany Strickland. When the student returned after school to reclaim the phone, the teacher told her to "Get down on her knees and beg for it." The student's mother said this occurred in front of other students and shamed her daughter.
In a Facebook post, the teacher said she has done this in the past with other students and that it was intended to be '"lighthearted, not demeaning." She claims this is the first complaint the school has received about her practice and advised other teachers to follow the school handbook when dealing with students.
Principal John Sharpe says the policy is for students not to use cellphones in class. If they violate the rule, teachers may confiscate the phone and return it at the end of the school day. Repeated violations can result in the student having to claim the phone after school in the principal's office.
Strickland has been teaching at Vidalia High School for the past seven years and said in her resignation letter it had always been her dream to teach at the school from which she graduated. She thanked the school system for the opportunity to teach, said she loves the school and that her resignation is bittersweet.