A substitute teacher uses duct tape on a student in order to keep him from talking in Lafayette.
According to KATC, a Lafayette mother is pursuing criminal charges after she says a teacher took drastic measures to keep her son from talking as the substitute teacher uses duct tape on a student to keep him quiet. Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper made a public statement to the media where he said, “We had an incident at J. Wallace James that involved a substitute teacher who was trying to keep a child quiet and didn’t use very good judgement and put tape across the childs mouth.”
Due to the incident, the Lafayette Parish School Board is currently filing a report with the Lafayette Police Department that was initiated on September 18. The substitute teacher allegedly used duct tape on a nine-year-old in an attempt to keep him quiet. Michelle Droddy, who is the boy’s mother, said on September 12 her son came home from J. Wallace James Elementary school and realized that something was not right. “He was extremely upset, he just told me he didn’t want to go back to school no more, and he didn’t want to be friends with no one in his class, or the school.”
It took the school nearly a week to explain what had happened to Droddy, who was horrified to hear that the substitute teacher had taped her son’s mouth shut with what he thought was red duct tape. “Now he has to face these same kids for the rest of the year that were sitting there laughing at him. The embarrassment and the shame that goes along with having someone you’re supposed to respect that comes and duct tapes your mouth shut in front of everybody.”
Cooper was just as horrified with the incident and stated that the substitute teacher will never be hired in the Parish district again. “It’s very serious. Any time we treat a child outside the boundaries of our discipline matrix, and also just outside the boundaries of what seems to be common sense. You just don’t do that to children.”
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Silence Class! A Substitute Teacher Uses Duct Tape on a Student to Keep Him Quiet.