A teacher duct-taped the mouth of a third-grade student with Asperger’s Syndrome shut at Battell Elementary School in Mishawaka, Indiana, last Thursday. The child’s mother reported the incident to police the following day.
As noted in the October 5th Associated Press:
The report says Burnett claims the teacher made the child put duct tape on his own mouth, but Burnett says Tuesday that she told police her son indicated that the teacher applied the duct tape.
The school district is said to be investigating the matter ‘internally’ and cooperating with law enforcement authorities.
Let’s hope so, and hope that they don’t try to seal up the charges.
There are certainly many creative things that people do with duct tape. But using it on a child’s mouth, and on the mouth of a child on the autism spectrum, is (serious understatement) not one of them. And it’s certainly not an acceptable use of that particular school supply in the classroom.
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