Educator Suspended for Taping Student to Chair
A para-professional was suspended at a Grandview elementary school last month for taping a student to her seat and taping another student's shoe to his foot. Normally it might be brushed off as a joke, but these were special-needs students.
The boy, who had autism, kept taking off his shoes. The para-educator (professional teacher's aide) taped the shoe onto his foot. Then either extending the joke, or maybe because it worked so well, she strung another piece of tape across another student's lap to discourage her from getting out of her chair.
The educator is suspended without pay while the situation is investigated. It is unclear whether the acts deserves termination, but the parents are upset because it constituted physical restraint, something not allowed on any student, particularly not special needs students.