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      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

      s.



      "

      A

      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.



      "

      H

      e was like daddy that teacher

      ,

      he taped my mouth

      .



      H

      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.



      "

      I

      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."


      That's

      not the only reason
      Durrett is upset.


      H

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



      "

      I

      f he

      's

      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.


      F

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

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