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Substitute taped students to seats

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A substitute teacher who taped a student’s mouth shut and bound four others to their seats at Pleasant Grove Elementary School was banned from working in Jefferson County schools one day after the incident.

The woman, whose name was not released by school officials, was substitute teaching in a fourth-grade classroom Monday when the incident occurred.

“I don’t know what keyed this, but (the taping) was done as a disciplinary action,” Nez Calhoun, spokeswoman for Jefferson County schools, said.

Calhoun said the woman told the students to raise their arms and then bound them to their chairs with tape.

The Birmingham News reported Wednesday that a Pleasant Grove Elementary teacher whose child was in the class alerted Principal Jay Jacks and news of the incident reached parents, who were upset.

“When I asked my son about it, he immediately started to cry,” said Stacey Walker, whose son’s mouth was taped shut.

Walker said her son is asthmatic and also takes medica-tion for attention deficit disorder.

“I was mad,” said Angela Anderson, whose daughter was taped to her seat.

According to Anderson, the students were bound for the
majority of a class period, which lasts from 45 minutes to an hour.

Jacks called an emergency staff meeting Monday afternoon and met with parents of four of the five students.

No criminal charges were filed against the woman.

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