PHOENIX — A second grade teacher in Tucson has been removed from the
classroom and an investigation is underway amid accusations that the educator
taped a young girl to her chair as punishment, school officials said Wednesday.
“We take these things very seriously. Obviously such behavior is not
appropriate or acceptable and is not part of any district protocol,” said
Tucson Unified School District spokeswoman Cara Rene. “If it is found this
behavior did take place, than the appropriate disciplinary action will be
Rene declined to provide further details pending the outcome of the school’s
investigation. The school district has not released the teacher’s name.
The incident was first reported by KGUN-TV this week.
The girl’s mother, Maria Vasquez, was outraged and said her daughter suffers
from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
“She likes to be happy, and they tied her to a chair,” Vasquez told the
television station. “Regardless if it was a little tape _ she got tied to a
chair where she couldn’t move. That’s not right.”
Vasquez said her daughter told her the teacher taped her to the chair after
becoming upset that the girl was getting up to sharpen her pencil too many times
last week at Hollinger Elementary School.
Vasquez has reported the incident to the Tucson Police Department. Police Sgt.
Chris Widmer said an investigation is ongoing.