Fla. High School Teacher Used Dog 'Cone of Shame' to Punish Student Tardiness

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) -- A high school science teacher faces dismissal amid allegations that she used a "cone of shame" dog collar to discipline students.

Pasco County schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino has recommended firing 47-year-old Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp for putting a dog collar on at least eight of her ninth graders on two days in April.

The collar was reportedly the type used to prevent animals from licking themselves after surgery. "Cone of shame" is a reference to the 2009 animated film "Up," which Bailey-Cutkomp had previously shown her students.

Zephyrhills High administrators learned of the teacher's actions after seeing the students' photos on Facebook. Parents tipped off the school.

She has requested a hearing before the School Board to appeal the superintendent's decision.

A telephone message left for Bailey-Cutkomp by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned.


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  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM
    Well it seems to me any kind of punishment a child recieves is against the law or some one has a problem with it. I have a grand son that may be in a juvenile center before long because of the lack of school punishment for all kinds a disruptive behavior.He's had ISS and he still is disruptive there. He's old enough to know the teachers have their hands tied behind their back, they can't do nothing to him.His mom is at wits in. Seems like child welfare's not going to be satisfied till every juvenile department and prison is filled up. There is no line now, when I was younger we didn't step out of line very often. My parents wouldn't put up with it.But today a parent has no control, I've tried talking with my grand son about his behavior and it's like talking to a stump.He laughs about it, he thinks it's funny. He don't care. You have to start somewhere, everything starts off with something so small, like being tardy.
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      by sam on Jun 16, 2012 at 08:44 PM in reply to
      i agree completely. that is what is wrong with kids these days, they know you can't punish them in any way without you being the one in trouble. wait a few years its gonna be even worse.
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