- Clarence Williams, a Texas high school math teacher, allegedly taped his student’s mouth shut for 30 to 45 minutes.
- Williams has been placed on paid leave for a week while the local
- The school district is reviewing the incident.
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A teacher taped Devin Ortiz’s (right) mouth and nose shut
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 High School in Killeen, Texas, was placed on paid leave for a week while the local school district reviews an incident report.
School officials did not provide details about what led the teacher to allegedly tape the boy’s mouth shut on Oct. 23.
The incident is just one of thousands of such cases reported across the United States.
Ortiz’s son, Devin, said: ‘Mr. Williams called me into the classroom. I said, ‘What happened?’ He said, ‘It’s not about what’s happening, it’s about what’s going to happen to you.’
Then he takes the duct tape and sticks it twice across my mouth and then once up here, up to my nose.’
It was announced yesterday that Tracy Drayton, a physical education teacher in Albany, Geogria, will keep her job after a 30-day unpaid suspension following surveillance footage showing her slapping 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 to fire Drayton, according to WALB.
The teacher will be required to attend an anger management course before being sent to another school on probationary reassignment.
This is just one of a series of incidents involving teacher physicality across the country.
Special education teacher Willie Swindle, named 2011 Educator of the Year in California’s North Bay School District, was recently allowed to teach in the same classroom over allegations that he physically hit the Santa Rosa High School student, Michael Delgado.
Swindle is said to have ‘moved’, ‘pinched’ and ‘pulled’ Delgado’s ears. The professor has denied the accusations.
A Palo Alto high school where the duct tape incident occurred
In Texas, Springtown High School student Taylor Santos was beaten, leaving her bruised and blistered.
The process violated the school’s corporal punishment policy, which dictates that the teacher doing the beating must be the same sex as the student.
Instead of offering an apology, the district expanded its policy to allow people of the opposite sex to row. Texas is one of 19 states that allow educators to spank students, but 97 of the nation’s 100 largest school districts have banned corporal punishment.
In recent months, an 8-year-old boy with special needs who allegedly suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of his teacher in Mingo County.
Reported cases of disabled children allegedly suffering abuse within classrooms are skyrocketing across the country, and many more are forgotten and not brought to light.
In 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill prohibiting untrained teachers from using restraints 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 in which teachers allegedly injured disabled students by using inappropriate restraint techniques, abusive seclusion or hitting the child with their hand or other instrument. .
GAO investigators found 84,354 cases of classroom abuse reported nationally during the 2010-2011 school year alone that included reports of inappropriate restraint, seclusion, or what teachers and aides defined as other means of “emergency interventions.” .