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Florida Teacher Gregory Sims Suspended After Taping Up Student

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A teacher and athletic trainer at a Florida high school has been suspended after taping together a student’s hands. The teacher also reportedly tried to tape the student’s mouth shut.

Gregory Sims has been suspended for five days without pay after the incident that took place at at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

WFTV reports that some students said they saw Sims tie up a disruptive female student with tape during class. District officials said Sims first taped her hands together, tried to tape her mouth shut and taped her book bag to a pole.

This is not the first time that Sims has been disciplined as numerous issues have had to be addressed through the years. The district apparently first spoke with Sims about his behavior back in 1999 and two years later he was suspended for misconduct and embarrassing students. Four years later, Sims was warned after he called a female student a derogatory name and he was suspended in 2008 for the same thing.

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"I have determined that your conduct in this situation does not conform to the Seminole County Public Schools Student Conduct and Discipline Code," Superintendent Walt Griffin wrote in a letter, according to WKMG. "This is unacceptable conduct on the part of a professional educator and represents misconduct in office."

Parents of students at the school expressed their concern over the latest incident.

"It scares me, because I don't know who to trust," parent Maria Hernandez said.

Sources: The Blaze, WFTV, WKMG