Police investigate student mouth-taping incident
LAFAYETTE - Lafayette police are investigating an incident in which a substitute teacher at J. Wallace James Elementary School allegedly taped a student's mouth shut to keep the child from talking.
Cpl. Paul Mouton says police received a formal complaint Wednesday. That complaint is active, and criminal charges are possible. Mouton said those charges could include either cruelty to a juvenile or simple battery.
Lafayette Parish School Superintendent Pat Cooper said the alleged incident, which occurred Sept. 12, involved a person who was a longtime substitute teacher with the district. Cooper says the student involved is 9 years old, and the alleged incident took place inside one of the classrooms.
Cooper says the substitute was immediately dismissed.