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Teacher tapes 11-year-old student’s mouth shut for more than half an hour
- Clarence Williams, a high school math teacher in Texas, allegedly taped his student’s mouth with duct tape for 30 to 45 minutes
- Williams has been placed on paid leave for a week while the local
- school district is reviewing the incident
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Devin Ortiz (right) had his mouth and nose taped shut by the teacher
A Texas high school teacher allegedly taped his 11-year-old student’s mouth shut for 30 to 45 minutes, making it difficult for him to breathe.
Clarence Williams, of Palo Alto Middle School in Killeen, Texas, has been placed on paid leave for a week while the local school district reviews a report of the incident.
School officials have not provided details as to why the teacher allegedly taped the boy’s mouth shut on Oct. 23.
The incident is just one of thousands of such cases reported in the US.
Ernesto Ortiz, the student’s father, makes sure the audience hears the side of the family. He told one local news channelI that it took the nurse about an hour to remove the tape with ice and petroleum jelly.
Ortiz’s son, Devin, said, “Mr. Williams called me to the classroom. I said, “What happened?” He said, “It’s not about what happens, it’s about what’s going to happen to you.”
So then he takes the duct tape and sticks it over my mouth twice and then once here to my nose.”
It was announced yesterday that Tracy Drayton, a physical education teacher in Albany, Geogria, will keep her job following a 30-day unpaid suspension following surveillance footage showing her beating a student.
The school board’s unanimous decision to suspend was in line with a recommendation from Turner Elementary School Principal Gail Solomon, but against the superintendent’s suggestion that Drayton be terminated, WALB said.
The teacher must take an anger management course before being transferred to another school on a probationary basis.
This is just one of many incidents of teacher physicality across the country.
Special education teacher Willie Swindle, named educator of the year in California’s North Bay school district in 2011, was recently cleared to teach in the same classroom following allegations that he had physically beaten Santa Rosa High School student Michael Delgado.
Swindle reportedly “hit,” “squeeze,” and “pull” Delgado’s ears. The teacher denies the allegations.
A high school in Palo Alto where the duct tape incident took place
In Texas, Springtown High School student Taylor Santos took a beating that left her with bruises and blisters.
The process violated the school’s corporal punishment policy, which mandates that the teacher teaching the paddling must be of the same gender as the student.
Instead of apologizing, the district expanded its policy to allow opposite-sex paddling. Texas is one of 19 states that allow teachers to spank students, but 97 of the nation’s 100 largest school districts have banned corporal punishment.
In recent months, an 8-year-old child with special needs was allegedly physically and mentally abused by his teacher in Mingo County.
Reported cases of disabled children allegedly abused in classrooms are skyrocketing across the country, with many more falling through the cracks that are not being brought to light.
In 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a law prohibiting untrained teachers from using coercion or other techniques that could cause physical harm to children.
The legislation follows a 2009 report from the General Accounting Office, which found thousands of cases where teachers allegedly injured disabled students by using inappropriate restraining techniques, abusing seclusion or hitting the child with their hand or other instrument.
GAO researchers found 84,354 cases of nationally reported classroom abuse in the 2010-2011 school year alone, including reports of improper restraint, seclusion, or what teachers and resources defined as other means of “emergency interventions.”