Location: Elizabeth, N.J.
Crime: Child abuse
Ratchet Meter: 8
A substitute teacher at an Elizabeth, N.J. elementary school has been terminated for allegedlytaping several students' mouths shut.
NBC New York reports that the teacher covered the mouths of five Winfield Scott Elementary School third grade students with decorative tape last week because they wouldn't stop talking, threatening to rip it off. ABC New York adds that when it was finally removed 15 minutes later, the students were further humiliated as their peers laughed at them.
Angelique Correa Henderson told NBC New York that the ordeal was emotionally scarring. "My heart kept on beating fast," she revealed.
Parents were obviously outraged. "We're talking about kids," Henderson's father, Munford, told NBC New York. "You're sworn to protect and teach, not to hurt them and put them in fear."
Not only has the teacher been removed from the school's list of substitutes, police and state authorities are investigating the matter.