Contrary to popular opinion, duct tape does not fix children

The Athens (Georgia) Banner-Herald reports:

A Whitehead Road Elementary School paraprofessional is no longer on the job after taping a student’s mouth shut in the school.

The aide is on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Clarke County School District investigation into the incident, said Anisa Sullivan Jimenez, a spokeswoman for the school district.

The aide was sent home after the school’s principal learned of the incident on Thursday.

The principal also notified the child’s parents of what had happened, Jimenez said.

Jimenez would not release the names of the aide or the student, citing federal privacy laws.

The paraprofessional taped the student’s mouth with duct tape to keep the child quiet, she said.

But using tape to keep a child quiet is against school policy, she said.

 

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