Substitute teacher in local school duct tapes mouths of students

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A substitute teacher was removed from a fifth grade classroom Thursday at Maxdale Elementary School in Killeen after placing duct tape over the mouths of 10 students, school district spokesman Terry Abbott said in a press release.

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Three other students put duct tape over their own mouths in response to the teacher’s action, Abbott said.

“As soon as school leaders learned of this incident, all 13 students were taken to the school nurse for observation and any treatment necessary. All 13 students are well and continued with their classes afterwards,” Abbott said.

“The substitute teacher was immediately removed from the classroom and barred from the campus as a result of this outrageous and unconscionable behavior.”

Child Protective Services was notified and the district will support any additional investigation by law enforcement authorities, Abbott said.

Parents of students at the school were informed.

“The leadership of Maxdale Elementary School and Killeen ISD are deeply saddened by this event,” Abbott said.