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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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