No crime in Colorado student mouth taping

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Police say no crime occurred when a second-grade Colorado teacher taped her students’ mouth shut when they wouldn’t be quiet.

Police interviewed the teacher at Fulton Academy after a student told her mother who then reported Thursday’s incident to police. The student confirmed to police the teacher’s statement to an officer that it was a joke, the children were laughing, and had asked that their mouths be taped.

Police in a statement say the incident did not meet the elements of any municipal violation or state statute. The unidentified teacher is on paid administrative leave while the Aurora Public Schools district investigates.

Tenisha Bynes told KUSA-TV that her daughter told her the punishment was painful.

“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. “When she put it on, it was like, OK, and then, like, it started to hurt my mouth right here. It’s also hard for me to breathe with the tape, too,” she said. The girl’s name is being withheld because of her age.

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