The Cherry Creek School District in Colorado is currently investigating reports that an 8th-grade student’s mouth was taped shut during a science class. According to the Denver Post, the incident occurred last Wednesday, and district spokeswoman Tustin Amole has said that the teacher who was present in the classroom has been placed on administrative leave until the ongoing investigation is complete.
Officials told KDVR that though the incident allegedly occurred on April 26, they did not learn about the allegations until May 1. Amole said that there may be video recording of the incident and that “as soon as [the district] learned of the allegations, [they] notified the Greenwood Village Police Department.”
The district made it clear that the teacher involved has not been disciplined or suspended. Amole noted that there are differing accounts of what actually happened. Some reports suggest a fellow student taped his/her classmate’s mouth shut.
In a statement, the district declared, “The incident is deeply troubling and does not reflect the values of the Cherry Creek School District […] we are committed to ensuring that our schools provide a safe and caring environment for all students.”