ELIZABETH, N.J. (CNN) – An elementary school substitute teacher has been fired after a 9-year-old girl accused the teacher of taping her mouth, and her friends’ mouths shut with duct tape.
The student, Angelique Correa Henderson, said it happened during quiet time in her class on May 28. Her father learned about it when he asked her about her day at school.
“‘My day was okay, Daddy, except for the fact that the teacher put tape over our mouths at quiet time,’” said Munford Henderson. “I said tape? What kind of tape? ‘The kind of tape that you use.’ I said duct tape? She said ‘yes.’”
Angelique said it was difficult to breathe.
“It was very hard, because it almost covered my nose,” she said.
The father contacted his daughter’s regular teacher, who then notified the vice principal at Winfield Scott School No. 2.
The school district said it has notified the state and filed a report with Elizabeth Police.
As far as the type of tape used, the school refutes the claim it was duct tape. A school administrator said the incident involved minimally adhesive hobby tape, PIX 11 reports.
The father added this.
“It’s a foolish thing to do. I feel that a teacher that was sworn to protect and teach kids, to do something of that manner to a young kid, to anybody.. I’m at a loss for words.”
“Every time we talk about this thing, she starts crying, because it hurts her,” he said.