A substitute teacher in New Jersey won't be allowed to fill in again at an elementary school after she allegedly taped shut the mouths of several students last week, officials say. Sheldon Dutes reports
A substitute teacher in New Jersey won't be allowed to fill in again at an elementary school after she allegedly taped shut the mouths of several students last week, officials say.
The teacher was working at the Winfield Scott Elementary School in Elizabeth and placed decorative tape over the mouths of five students during a "quiet game" after lunch, according to parents and officials.
One of the students, Angelique Correa Henderson, said she felt "pressured and scared" as the teacher taped her mouth "because we were jabbering too much."
"My heart kept on beating fast," she said.
Angelique's father, Munford Henderson, is outraged.
"I don't understand what she was thinking," he said. "We're talking about kids. You're sworn to protect and teach, not to hurt them and put them in fear."
Other parents at the school were equally concerned.
"You don't do that to anybody, especially kids," said Marie Yacinthe. "You don't do that."
As police and state officials investigate, Angelique's father wants to make sure the teacher is permanently barred from the classroom.
"She does not need to be teaching and being around kids if she can't control her emotions and the way she presents herself around kids," he said.
The teacher has been taken off the list of substitutes for consideration at the school, officials said. She had no previous record of issues or difficulties.