A school suspended one of its teachers after she covered the mouths of her 10-year-old students with Sellotape because they refused to stop laughing and talking.
Priscila Davo Ortega, 27, who taught Spanish and art at Danesfield School in Williton, allegedly lined up a class of 20 children during her lesson and put layers of sticky tape across their lips to stop them from being too noisy during a game of blind man’s bluff, news.com.au reported.
Parents said that when some of the kids ripped off the tape because they had trouble breathing, Ortega replaced it.
Other children at the Somerset, England, school were left with bleeding lips when the tape was removed, and several said that they were scared to come back.
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Police are investigating the incident and said they would work with the local education authority.
Head teacher Ian Bradbury is reported saying: “The wellbeing of our children is of vital importance to us. An incident happened in a lesson on Monday. Following that incident, I have suspended the teacher involved until a full and thorough investigation has taken place.”
One parent, Stacey Bradury, 28, told the BBC that her 10-year-old son had been left “really, really upset” by the incident.
(Pictured: Thomas Bradbury, 10. Photo by Snapper Media via news.com.au)
“I can’t put it in to words,” she said. “Disgusted, shocked, traumatised by it all to be honest, to know that my son had to sit there quietly and have Sellotape put over his mouth.
“Last night he to be honest wasn’t very keen on going to school this morning, which is really unusual for him.
He didn’t want to go and face obviously that he might have to see this teacher again.”
Avon and Somerset police said they were aware of the allegations.
According to Jacaranda FM, the children were sent home with a letter from Ian Bradbury explaining that the incident that took place in the art room is unacceptable. The letter continued: “The member of staff involved has been suspended and a full and thorough investigation is currently being carried out. It would be completely inappropriate to comment on any possible outcome but I can assure you that we take what has happened to be entirely wrong.”