Police: Teacher committed no crime when tape was placed over mouths of students

7:12 AM, May 4, 2013   |    comments
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AURORA - Aurora Police say a Fulton Academy second-grade teacher accused of placing tape over the mouths of her students did not commit a crime.

A parent told 9NEWS that the teacher placed Scotch Tape over the mouths of all 28 kids Thursday to keep them quiet.

Read: Aurora Police report

The accused teacher told police the incident was meant as a joke. A police report states the teacher joked about placing tape over the mouths of the children to keep them quiet while they visited the school library.

She said the students asked to have the tape over their mouths and were even laughing about it. She told police she only used a small piece of tape.

She said she would never do anything to harm a child. The police report said that no child was injured during the incident.

Police in a statement say the incident did not meet the elements of any municipal violation or state statute.

A Fulton Academy parent told 9NEWS Thursday that the incident was painful for her daughter.

"My daughter's been in the house crying, begging me not to send her back to school. [She] said that she'll do good in home school and she promises. She doesn't want to go back to a public school," Tenisha Bynes said.

9NEWS talked to another parent Friday who said she didn't have a problem with the teacher's decision to put tape on her daughter's mouth.

"I don't think it was a big deal," Daniela Bennett said. "I don't think she should be fired for that. She was a first-year teacher. She's very into her students and family."

Although criminal charges will not be filed, the teacher may still face disciplinary action from the Aurora Public School district.

She remains on paid administrative leave.

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