KIRKLAND, Wash. (CBS Seattle) - A local teacher has been put on leave after school district administrators learned that the educator duct-taped a student in front of the class.
The suspect, who formerly taught at Washington High School, also reportedly allowed other students to join in, with some also drawing on the back of the unnamed, taped student’s neck.
According to KIRO-TV, the incident began when the teacher, who was not named, grew frustrated with a student in class on Wednesday.
Sophomore Roland Munsil, who was reportedly present at the time, told the station that the teacher began duct-taping the student, who was also not named, soon after growing angry.
Though the teacher was said to be aggravated, the student, on the other hand, did not seem to mind. Other students in the class were allegedly allowed to join in.
“She didn’t really stop [the other students] until he had been taped around multiple times,” Roland noted. “He wasn’t really complaining when [the teacher] was taping him, but when people started taking his stuff, he started complaining.”
District officials learned of the incident later that day, when several teens were overheard discussing it. The teacher was subsequently put on leave.
“Physically constraining students is completely unacceptable,” school district spokesperson Kathryn Reith said in an e-mail to KIRO-TV. “I believe it would be a violation of our Human Dignity Policy.”
She added, “It may fall into the state’s code of professional conduct for teachers under disregard of generally recognized professional standards.”
Local authorities were additionally notified, but have not yet pressed criminal charges.
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