‘Inappropriate:” Collierville school district confirms teacher taped student’s mouth shut

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — The Collierville School District responded Thursday to allegations that a teacher taped a student’s mouth shut.

The incident happened at West Collierville Middle School.

One parent said the teacher put tape over the student’s mouth and wrote an ‘X’ on the tape.

Officials with the district said the principal received a report March 25 that the teacher had applied clear tape to the student’s face in an ‘inappropriate’ attempt to curb the student’s excessive talking.

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The administration immediately began an investigation and determined the teacher’s actions were a violation of the Board’s policy.

Officials said ‘corrective action’ has been taken with the teacher that is consistent with the district’s progressive discipline plan.

No details were given on what specific discipline the teacher faced.

The district’s statement said it considers the matter closed.

Read their full statement below:

On Friday, March 25, the principal at West Collierville Middle School received a report that a teacher had applied clear tape to a student’s face in an inappropriate attempt to curb the student’s excessive talking. The administration immediately began an investigation of the incident and determined the teacher’s actions to be a violation of Collierville Schools Board of Education policy. Collierville Schools expects that every staff member will develop wholesome and constructive relationships with students, while maintaining professional relationships with them at all times. Appropriate corrective action has been taken with the employee, consistent with the Collierville Schools progressive discipline plan, and the district considers the matter to be closed.