Feb 6, 2013 6:59 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Substitute teacher not indicted for allegedly taping student's mouth

A Lafayette Grand Jury did not find enough evidence to indict a substitute teacher who's accused of taping a student's mouth shut. The teacher, Curley Bell Henry, was charged with simple battery for allegedly taping the 9-year-old student's mouth shut when she substituted at J. Wallace James Elementary last year.

The incident allegedly happened in September 2012. At the time, Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper, Ph.D., said more than 100 students were interviewed. "It's very serious. Anytime we treat a child outside the boundaries of our discipline matrix, and also just outside the boundaries of what seems to be common sense," said Cooper. "You just don't do that to children."



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