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Teacher accused of duct-taping student to chair in Washington state

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Updated: 5/31/2013 11:56 am
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- A Lake Washington High School teacher is being investigated, accused of duct-taping a student in class.

The incident, which happened on Wednesday, was discovered by the school district after a teacher overheard students talking about it later that day.

Only KIRO 7 asked the district about the allegations and talked to a student who was in the classroom.

According to the student, the teacher was frustrated and began duct-taping a student to a chair.

"She didn't really stop them until he had been taped around multiple times," said sophomore Roland Munsil. "He wasn't really complaining when (the teacher) was taping him, but when people started taking his stuff, he started complaining."

Other students also joined in, and at least one drew on the back of the taped student’s neck.  Munsil said his classmate eventually took the tape off and left the class.

When the school district found out about the incident, it put the teacher on leave and notified Kirkland police. Detectives have not pursued criminal charges.

KIRO 7 tried to ask an administrator at the school about the allegations, but the questions were ignored.

District officials also didn't discuss the incident in detail and cited the ongoing investigation, but spokeswoman Kathryn Reith emailed a statement.

"Physically constraining students is completely unacceptable," it read. "I believe it would be a violation of our Human Dignity Policy. It may fall into the state's code of professional conduct for teachers under disregard of generally recognized professional standards."

Serious infractions can result in discipline up to and including termination, she said.
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