A mother in Louisiana is pursuing legal action against a substitute teacher she says put duct tape across her child’s mouth.
Michelle Droody says it took her a week to figure out why her nine-year-old son, a student at J. Wallace James Elementary School in Lafayette, La., was so upset.
“He just told me he didn’t want to go back to school no more,” Wallace told KATC TV in Lafayette. “And he didn’t want to be friends with anybody in his class or school.”
Only after school officials interviewed about 100 students did Droody learn that a substitute teacher used red duct tape, normally used for arts and crafts projects, to quiet her son.
Dr. Pat Cooper, Superintendent of Lafayette Parish Public Schools, confirmed the incident to KATC, which happened September 12, and said the substitute treated the student both “outside the boundaries of [their] discipline matrix” and “outside the boundaries of common sense.”
Cooper said the teacher had been disciplined.
“We fell like we’ve taken the necessary disciplinary action against that teacher, but the parent always has the right to take additional charges.
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