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article imageTucson teacher accused of taping a student to a chair

By Jay McClung     Aug 21, 2013 in Crime
Tucson - Anyone who has knowledge about young children understands that their focus time is limited and that they can’t sit still very long.
This is why a good parent or teacher will organize activities and lessons, when possible, that require movement and even integrate some sort of motor skill development. Despite the near endless amount of energy, there always seems to be one child who challenges a teacher’s patience. Handling those stressful situations isn’t easy when you have fifteen or more students in a room. A teacher in Tucson, however, let a situation get the best of her.
A second grade teacher at Hollinger Elementary School has been removed from the classroom and placed on administrative leave following allegations that a student was taped to a chair last week. According to KGUN-TV in Tucson, a young girl told her mother that the teacher taped her to a chair for getting up to sharpen her pencil too many times.
Maria Vasquez, the mother of the student, became angry and reported the incident to the Tucson police department. Vasquez says her daughter suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and is infuriated that, “they tied her to a chair.” The student states that one strip of tape went around her stomach and around the back of the chair while another was higher up. “Regardless if it was a little tape, she got tied to a chair where she couldn’t move. And that’s not right. That’s not right,” said Vasquez.
Cara Rene, of the Tucson Unified School District, released a statement saying, “We take these things very seriously. Obviously such behavior is not appropriate or acceptable and is not part of any district protocol.” Rene continued to say that if the claim is substantiated, “appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.” Tucson Police Sgt. Chris Widmer said an investigation is ongoing while the Tucson Unified School District conducts their own investigation. Maria Vasquez’s daughter has not returned to school since the incident occurred.
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