A New Jersey substitute teacher has been taken off an elementary school’s list of substitutes for consideration and is under investigation after she allegedly taped the mouths of several students shut last week.
As part of a so-called “quiet game,” the substitute teacher working at Winfield Scott Elementary School placed decorative tape over the mouths of five students, parents and officials said, according to WNBC-TV.
Student Correa Henderson told the local NBC affiliate that she felt “pressured and scared” during the ordeal. She claims the teacher taped their mouths shut because they “were jabbering too much.”
“My heart kept beating fast,” she told WNBC.
Her father, Munford, said he is outraged by the teacher’s behavior.
“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.”
Police and state officials have launched an investigation into the incident, according to WNBC. Munford, however, doesn’t want the teacher near his daughter.
“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.
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