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May 31, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Kirkland teacher investigated in student duct-taping incident

A teacher at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland has been placed on paid leave while administrators investigate whether she duct-taped a student to a chair Wednesday.

Lake Washington School District spokeswoman Kathryn Reith said administrators are also investigating possible student involvement in the incident, which took place in a classroom.

Reith declined to provide any details, but said there were “no glaring inaccuracies” in a KIRO-TV report that the teacher became frustrated with the student and wrapped duct tape around him while he was seated in a chair.

School authorities notified the student’s parents and Kirkland police of the incident, but police determined they would not file criminal charges, Reith said.

“But obviously, I think physically restraining is not acceptable. It’s one of those basics,” she said.

Administrators learned of the incident after another teacher overheard the student saying he been tied up, and immediately began “a complete investigation,” Reith said.

 

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