reply to post by Christian Voice
I didn't think about it when I posted it but the Chester County Independent is a paid site. It is free to access for subscribers of the paper but you
must pay if not subscribed to the paper. I will see if Jackson has an article about it. Until I do here is the entire article:
On Dec. 18, 2013, just days before Christmas break began, Chester County High School mathematics teacher Claire Wilder was placed on administrative
leave for allegedly pointing a fake gun at students in her class. Wilder, a tenured teacher at CCHS, was alleged to be guiding students in a review
session prior to mid-term exams when she stepped into the hall and returned with a fake gun used by the criminal justice teach-er for class projects
involving crime scene investigation and processing evidence.
A student alleged that Wilder pointed the brightly colored prop at her in a threatening manner. An investigation of the incident followed, and
Superintendent Cherrie Pipkin stated that all aspects of the situation were evaluated – including interviewing the students who were in the
classroom and the criminal justice teacher who had been in possession of the fake gun at the time of the incident. Wilder’s mannerisms were
investigated for maliciousness and harmful intent.
Pipkin added that the student who accused Wilder was unavailable to be interviewed after the incident. A letter placed in her personnel file states
that Wilder has demonstrated high achievement in her classroom teaching and her students have been successful in their mathematical performance. The
letter goes on to state, “However, the incident that occurred in December involving your use of the criminal justice fake gun targeted toward your
class in a joking manner was an inappropriate action. In today’s world, the implied use of any kind of gun, real or not, is considered a threat or
intent to do harm. Hopefully, you have learned a valuable lesson from this incident and actions such as this will not happen again.”
According to Pipkin, the incident was handled in accordance with board policy. The evidence gathered did not appear to support a malicious intent, and
as a tenured teacher, Wilder was reprimanded and disciplined in the manner already established. She added that students who acted in such a manner
would be investigated and disciplined in a similar fashion.
The fake “gun” in question is allegedly made of a brightly colored foam material with no moving parts or trigger. Pipkin said that while it has
the shape of a gun, the classroom tool could not be mistaken for a real gun.
Wilder, who has been employed by the Chester County School System since 2008, returned to her classroom this month.