Music Teacher in Tampa, Florida, Suspended After Allegedly Duct-Taping Child’s Eyes

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A Tampa, Fla., school district will most likely fire the music teacher who allegedly duct-taped a kindergartner’s eyes shut as a form of punishment.

However, for now, according to the Tampa Bay Times, the Hillsborough County School Board has voted 6-0 this week to suspend Lindsay Blanc, the music teacher in question.

The 29-year-old reportedly earns $42,000 a year and had remained on payroll while working at the district’s Manhattan administrative center, the news site notes. However, since the vote, she has been suspended without pay.

She can try to appeal before the board to keep her job, but the district is still intending to make a move to fire her, the news site reports. According to the Times, the district tried to terminate her by declining to renew her contract. However, the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association argued that the four-year teaching veteran deserved due process.

According to the report, the incident unfolded in April after a boy got into trouble for talking during music class. The child was sent to the “peace table” for a timeout but kept on turning around to watch a movie with the other children. As punishment, Blanc allegedly taped his eyes so he couldn’t see. Children who witnessed the incident told a parent, who later reported it.

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Source: The Root | 

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