Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp, a 47-year-old Zephyrhills High School science teacher in Zephyrhills, Fla., is under fire after photos of her students wearing dog collars as punishment for bad behavior surfaced on Facebook, WTSP-TV reports. Dubbed the “cone of shame” by the teacher, the photos are causing equal amounts of outrage and laughter from parents and students in the district. Bailey-Cutkomp reportedly used the cone for disciplinary infractions like drinking soda in class.
“I was disgusted, very disgusted,” one parent told the station. “…That’s a human, not an animal. You’re not spaying or neutering that person.”
Others, including student Tanisha Medina, thought it was a harmless joke.
“She just did it as a joke and said she was gonna punish us by doing it,” Medina told WTSP. “But she asked us first and we were all laughing and joking around.”