No charges for Aurora teacher putting tape on students’ mouths


AURORA | A teacher who put strips of Scotch tape over the mouths of second graders didn’t commit a crime, police said at the end of last week.

In a police report released Friday, the Aurora police officer who investigated the incident at Fulton Academy for Excellence said he found no probable cause that the teacher committed a crime. The case has been “deactivated,” police said.

The incident happened Thursday at the school in north Aurora. A parent reported to police that a second-grade teacher there taped her daughter’s mouth and the rest of the students’ mouth shut when the children wouldn’t be quiet.

When police interviewed the teacher that afternoon, she said the tape on the kids’ mouths was a joke that the students participated in.

The teacher said she placed a small strip of tape over the children’s mouths vertically, according to the report. That differs from what one of the students told police. The student told investigators that the tape was placed horizontally across her mouth and it hurt when it was pulled off.

But, the student also told police that the incident was a joke and the kids wanted their mouths taped shut.

The student’s mom told police that she has had problems with the teacher all school year.

Aurora public schools said the teacher, whose name has not been released, is on paid leave while the district investigates the case.

“Due to privacy laws, we are unable to discuss these allegations specifically. When we receive allegations of this nature, we immediately contact the police, begin our own investigation and possibly place the staff member on administrative leave during the investigation. We do not condone any inappropriate adult conduct toward students, and we cooperate fully with the police,” spokeswoman Paula Hans said in an email statement.

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Aldo Elmnight
Aldo Elmnight
9 years ago

I would like to thank the aurora public schools for this advertisement for homeschooling.