Teacher fired after report child's mouth was taped - CBS46 News

Teacher fired after report child's mouth was taped

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FLINT, MI (WNEM/AP) -

Officials in Flint say an investigation is ongoing after a substitute teacher reportedly put duct tape over a student's mouth.

Superintendent Larry Watkins offered an update Wednesday at a meeting of the Flint School Board, saying that personnel issues surrounding the allegation have been dealt with. He says details of the issues can't currently be discussed publicly.

Flint school board member David Davenport didn't take it well when the meeting was abruptly adjourned before he could discuss a sensitive subject.

The teacher was fired after reports surfaced that he put tape over a second-grader's mouth Dec. 3 and the principal then put tape over the teacher's mouth. 

"You don't duct tape nobody's kids," said Davenport. "They're sitting back there acting like nothing happened, it doesn't take from Dec. 2 to the 18th to notify a parent their child had duct tape on their mouth."

No charges have been filed. The substitute teacher filed a police report accusing the principal of assault, saying his lip was cut. Flint police Chief James Tolbert said earlier this week there wasn't sufficient evidence to seek charges against the principal.

Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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