A Dillsburg, Pennsylvania teacher has been arrested for allowing a student to pierce herself as well as another student while in her classroom.
According to police in the Carol Township, 34 year old April Beard has been arrested as a result of the piercing incident that occurred on April 16 at Northern High School. Allegedly, Beard allowed a student to pierce her own ear, and then later pierce another student’s stomach. No parental consent was granted for the piercings.
The ninth grade student who did the piercings was also not licensed to perform piercings. Beard allegedly paid her for her services with $20 and a necklace.
A preliminary hearing was held Monday in York County, where the charges were brought forth.
Although she was arrested for the classroom piercings, Beard was not fired from her post, resigning instead. Her attorney Robert Daniels explained that “the whole incident was a lapse in judgment. At the time, she had no idea it was illegal to be pierced by a student. She’s not going to be a teacher anymore. She’s devastated she’s lost a career she loves. … She’s a good person and, from what I understand, she was a good teacher.”
Beard was with the school district for 13 years, teaching culinary arts, nutrition, and child development for the high school.
It is illegal in Pennsylvania to tattoo or pierce a juvenile without the expressed permission of the parent or guardian of the child. Mere presence in the room where such a tattoo or piercing is being performed is also illegal, as teacher Amy Beard has now found out.
She remains out of jail awaiting formal arraignment of the charges in her arrest for allowing piercings in her classroom some time next month.
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