Lakeridge Junior High principal fulfills duct tape promise

by: REVIEW PHOTOS: JILLIAN DALEY - Lakeridge Junior High Principal Kurt Schultz on Dec. 5 allowed himself to be duct taped to a wall in front of his students, including, from left, Trent Gasparitsch, Nykki Olejniczak and Molly Bradley.Courage takes many forms, including volunteering to be duct taped to a wall while more than 300 middle schoolers look on.

Lakeridge Junior High Principal Kurt Schultz’s students and staff unfurled 10 rolls of duct tape across Schultz’s body while he stood on a student’s small chair the morning of Dec. 5 in the Lake Oswego school’s gym. Schultz was fulfilling a promise to his students.

“I have a feeling that this might not work,” eighth-grader Brad Myers said.

After Schultz's attendants felt confident he was securely stuck to the wall, they drew the chair out from under him. The 175-pound man stayed put, his black Converse sneakers dangling 2 feet above the floor, each arm buried to the elbow in a web of tape — his mouth stretched wide in a bright grin. by: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Eighth-grader Brad Myers was one of several people who made sure Kurt Schultz stuck to the wall.

“You shouldn’t be using your cellphones,” he called to his students after several of them whipped out iPhones to capture the moment.

Most of the students obeyed and ceased snapping smartphone photos likely bound for Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. School employees quietly continued gathering digital images for later use.

Schultz had promised his students he’d permit them to restrain him with strips of adhesive if they succeeded in collecting 3,000 cans for a November food drive benefitting Oregon Food Bank. It was one of the better forms of embarrassment an administrator could leverage as an incentive for donations, Schultz said.

“It was either that or shaving my head,” he said.

“Or getting a spray tan,” school counselor Marcy Watts added.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Lakeridge Junior High Principal Kurt Schultz smiled and laughed during most of the duct tape assembly.

Properly motivated, students gathered 3,800 cans, smashing school records and throttling last year’s number: 2,100 cans.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you get to duct tape your principal to the wall,” eighth-grader Roy Raviv said.

Seventh-grader Nykki Olejniczak offered up a memory: “We duct taped my brother to the wall.”

School psychologist Jean Gray said the scene afforded the kids a unique opportunity.

“I feel like it’s giving the kids a chance for retribution for their beloved leader,” Gray said.

School attendance secretary and bookkeeper Sue Steger used the moment to tease her boss a little.

“I’ve got one question,” Steger said to Schultz. “Are you ticklish?”

“Actually, no,” Schultz said.

Steger cocked her head and studied Schultz, his torso wrapped in a black garbage bag to prevent the duct tape’s gooey glue from marking his shirt.

“I don’t know how he’ll get down,” she said.

About a half hour after the fun had begun, students filtered out of the gym, and the removal process commenced. Sliding the chair back beneath Schultz's feet, PE teacher Mark Waufle and custodian Tom Clifford detached the suspended man from the wall and then freed him from the duct tape-coated trash bag, firm and reminiscent of the breastplate of a 16th century suit of armor.

“I think I’ll keep this in my office,” Schultz said.

A day later, Schultz looked back on the moment warmly: “It was a hoot. The kids enjoyed it.”

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.

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