Teacher Allows Classroom Piercings: Court - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Teacher Allows Classroom Piercings: Court



    Teacher Allows Classroom Piercings: Court
    A teacher is accused of allowing one of her students to pierce a classmate's belly button while in class.

    A former teacher is accused of letting her classroom become a temporary body piercing studio.

    April Beard faces charges after police say she allowed a student to perform body piercings in class.

    Police in Carroll Township -- about 100 miles west of Philadelphia -- allege the 37-year-old allowed a student to pierce Beard's ear multiple times and then pierce another student's stomach without parental consent at Northern York County High School. The piercing happened with a handful of students in a backroom, reported the York Daily Record.

    Police say the student had a piercing kit.

    Since blood is involved in piercing there is a risk of transferable disease.

    "Obviously, it's a big concern," police Chief Sean Kapfhammer said.

    Beard was charged with endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and body piercing a minor.

    The school district says that Beard, a family and consumer science teacher, did not return to the classroom after the April 16 incident. She resigned a month later.

    Beard's attorney, Robert Daniels, says she's a good person and was a good teacher. He says she recognizes her “lapse of judgment.”

    She remains out of custody on her own recognizance awaiting formal arraignment next month, according to court documents.


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