NC teacher tapes student’s mouth. School says action was inappropriate but not malicious.

Southern Wake Academy

A middle school teacher at Southern Wake Academy who taped a student’s mouth with masking tape has been disciplined and is still working at the charter school.

In a message sent to parents Thursday, principal David Thomas said the school’s administration quickly and seriously handled last month’s incident by contacting the student’s parents and meeting with the teacher. Thomas said that the teacher’s actions were inappropriate but not of malicious intent.

The teacher was placed on a disciplinary action plan for the remainder of the school year, according to Thomas. He did not identify the teacher.

ABC11, which is the News & Observer’s media partner, reported that Thomas said the female social studies teacher was joking around with the student. ABC11 also reported that the teacher said she had great rapport with her students but went too far.

Thomas did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday.

Thomas said in the message to the school’s families that the student’s parents were told about the disciplinary action and were given an invitation weeks ago with dates and times to meet with both the teacher and the administration. He said no grievances were filed and no other instances occurred.

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T. Keung Hui has covered K-12 education for the News & Observer since 1999, helping parents, students, school employees and the community understand the vital role education plays in North Carolina. His primary focus is Wake County, but he also covers statewide education issues.