NM school official offers apology in taping case

October 22, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of Albuquerque Public Schools has apologized to the family of a special needs student whose mouth was taped shut by a teacher’s aide.

Superintendent Winston Brooks tells KOB-TV ( the [auth] incident should have never happened and the teacher’s aide should not have been placed back in the same classroom with the boy.

The incident occurred last month at Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque. The station reported the 10th-grade student was meowing like a cat while on field trip with his special education class. The aide reportedly told the boy that if he didn’t stop, she’d place tape over his mouth.

The aide was placed on leave for three weeks and a letter of reprimand was placed in her personnel file.

Brooks says due process was followed in disciplining the aide.

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