Katy teacher accused of taping students' mouths
(2/16/06 - KTRK/KATY, TX) (KTRK) -- A Katy ISD teacher is in trouble for how she punished some of her students. She's accused of taping some of their mouths with Scotch tape.
"My personal children go to that school, and it's been hard to watch as a mom," said Jennifer Silva, the teacher suspended in the taping incident.
The alleged incident happened February 2. Silva, who was struggling to control her class at Alexander Elementary School, reportedly told the students that if they didn't pipe down, she would tape their mouths shut. Gina Lovett's daughter witnessed it all.
"After a few more minutes after chatting, Ms. Silva just grabbed the tape off the desk," said Lovett.
Silva reportedly taped some the mouths of several students. When the superintendent got wind, he notified her he would recommend she was terminated.
Lovett says she believes the situation was blown out of proportion. She and a group of other parents attended Wednesday's school board meeting to show their support for the teacher.
"They talk about mistreatment. We had six subs in eight days," said Lovett. "I think that's mistreatment."
At the school on Wednesday, other parents learning of the tape incident weren't so forgiving.
"I don't think that somebody else should discipline one's child," said parent Marisol Monilato. "It's up to the parents."
"If she can't control it, I think they need to do something," said parents Priti Shukla.
Silva, who has been with the district for four years, has been instructed by her attorney not to talk about specifics. The only thing she talked Wednesday night was her job.
"They miss me and I miss them and I miss doing what I love, which is teaching," said Silva.
We did get a statement from Katy ISD. Spokesperson Steve Stanford says, "The district is following the policies set in place for handling incidents of this nature and will take appropriate action based on the results of the investigation into this matter."
The action could be nothing, some sort of discipline, or even termination.
Katy ISD say they will decide that teacher's fate at a later time. The next school board meeting is scheduled for Monday. This story was brought to you through our partnership with Houston Community Newspapers. You can read more about it in the Katy Sun.
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