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Substitute teacher fired for duct-taping Naperville student’s hands

Updated: March 24, 2012 8:58AM

A veteran Indian Prairie School District 204 substitute teacher was fired for ordering a student at Graham Elementary School in Naperville to bind his own wrists with duct tape, authorities said.

Sources told the Naperville Sun a 10-year-old boy went home Feb. 16 and told a caregiver one of his teachers had bound his wrists together with duct tape “to prove a point.”

The caregiver called police after finding marks on the boy’s wrists.

Naperville police Sgt. Gregg Bell confirmed an incident had occurred, but did not provide details of what had happened. The boy’s parents declined to file criminal charges against the teacher, Bell said.

District 204 spokeswoman Janet Buglio said in a statement: “While a substitute teacher was in charge of a classroom, an elementary school student applied duct tape to his own wrists while seated at his desk and the substitute watched.

“The substitute was immediately removed from the classroom as soon as the school’s administrator learned of the incident,” Buglio added.

The teacher had worked in the district since 2000 without any other problems, but will not work in the district again, Buglio said.

Neither Buglio nor Bell would identify the teacher.

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