Angry mom says teacher taped her son's mouth shut

9:59 AM, Jan 26, 2010   |    comments
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NBC -- An Albuquerque mother is outraged after she says a special education teacher taped her son's mouth shut during class on Monday.

Lois Lucero says her eighth grade son has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that requires patience from his teachers at Truman Middle School, instead, the 14-year-old said his special education teacher taped his and another student's mouth shut on Friday.

"All of us started talking, started playing, just talking, and she called me to her desk and said 'I'm going to tape your mouth shut,' -- I started laughing, I didn't think she was going to do it, " recalled Santiago Lucero.

His mother, Lois Lucero, says she got a note on a progress report from the teacher that day. It read: "Santiago is suffering from diarrhea of the mouth. I taped it shut. [smiley face]"

Angered by the note, Lois called Truman Middle School to speak with the principal. Santiago's teacher called her back.

"You could hear it in her voice that she was scared," said Lucero, who said the teacher had told her that it was a joke, and everybody had laughed. "And I said, 'Yeah, everyone was laughing because you put tape on his mouth.'"

Lois Lucero admits her son is difficult sometimes but stated because of his condition "I don't think it's right for her to do that. I don't even do that to my kids."

Albuquerque Public Schools has placed the teacher on paid leave pending an internal investigation. They report the teacher has worked in the school district since August of 2001.



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