A substitute elementary school teacher from Texas horrifically duct taped
the mouths of at least 10 students. The teacher has since been banned from the school, according to an official statement issued on Thursday.
Officials have yet to release the identity of said teacher. She taught as substitute for fifth-grade class at Maxdale Elementary School in Killeen, Texas when the incident took place. Killeen Independent School District said in a statement that after the substitute teacher placed duct tapes on the mouths of her ten students, three other students followed suit and also placed duct tapes on their mouths as a result of the teacher’s actions.
The school said the gagging happened for several minutes. The school said that after officials learned about the incident, the affected students were brought to the school nurse for check-up and observation. All 13 students were assessed to be well enough to attend their later classes.
A parent of one of the students, however, pressed the school about the incident. Adaeze Akudolu shared to the local media that after her son ripped off the duct tape from his mouth after a good 15 minutes of being gagged, the teacher replaced it with another strip.
The teacher involved became a substitute teacher in January 2016. The school, however, stressed they are not condoning such unacceptable acts by any teacher. The substitute teacher has been immediately removed from the classroom and barred from the school. The school said the ban is a result of the “outrageous and unconscionable behavior “ of the teacher.
The school said that at this point they don’t know why the teacher did it to the students. They are still investigating. The school has also informed the child protective services of the incident.
The school also expressed sadness over the incident. The principal has since informed the parents about what happened, and has reassured them that the school staff would continue to work hard to ensure that every child is safe and secure in the school.