Parent of duct-taped first grader speaks out

A Flint m

an says his first grade son had his mouth duct

taped by a substitute teacher


That t

eacher now faces 15 charges as police say the educator did the same thing to other student




teacher has no right to put a hand on a student



said parent, Charlie Durrett.

But Durrett says that's exactly what his first grade son told him happened in early December at Brownell STEM Academy.



e was like daddy that teacher


he taped my mouth



e say it in a way like
I want you to do something about it."

The teacher, according to Flint Police, a substitute, now facing 15 counts of assault and battery for duct taping the mouths of 16 students including Durrett's son.



guess that was his way of trying to keep him quie

t. W

henever an adult duct tape a
six-year-old's mouth, that's not the right thing to do."


not the only reason
Durrett is upset.


e has yet to hear from
Flint Schools about the incident.



f he


disrupting class, having a bad day, they send letters home.
I still right now, and this is a whole month and a half later, haven't got a letter notification or anything from the school," he said.

Flint School officials released a statement Friday saying

they will continue to cooperate with authorities but will not comment on an

ongoing investigation.

Flint Polic

e did seek a warrant against the
Brownell principal stating the principal duct taped the substitute teacher's mouth.

That charge was denied by prosecutors.

The substitute teacher's name has not been released pending arraignment.


Schools say they have taken disciplinary action against the substitute and principal.