SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A teacher at Southington High School who was under investigation for an incident involving a student and a roll of duct tape has learned that he will not face charges.
35-year-old Matthew Golchin was under investigation after police say he duct taped a “perimeter” around the unnamed student desk. The student involved in the situation told investigators that he was losing his concentration and was not able to focus on the work assigned by Golchin.
Golchin told police that in an attempt at humor, and to get the student and the rest of the class back on task, Golchin “pulled out a roll of duct tape from a colleagues desk drawer and taped one time around the base legs of [the student’s] desk forming a perimeter with [the student] inside. The tape was loosely fastened and not touching the student.”
Principal Brian Stranieri and Golchin maintain that at no time was the single piece of tape touching the student and that should an emergency have occurred the student would have been able to walk right through the tape.
Golchin goes on to say that humor has “always been an effective classroom management tool for me, especially with more challenging classes. This incident while very clearly an act of poor judgement, was actually made to be funny. I see no humor in it now… I am ashamed of my actions, and I can only hope that I have the opportunity to meet with [the student] and his family to apologize [and] to assure them that this will never happen again.”