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Teacher accused of taping student's hands together suspended

8:18 AM, Oct 24, 2013   |    comments
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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A teacher at Lake Brantley High School is suspended from the school for five days without pay for taping a disruptive student's hands together, according to a letter from the superintendent.

Science teacher Greg Sims was accused of taping the student's hands together, attempting to tape her mouth closed and taping her book bag to a pole inside of the classroom because she was disrupting the class, according to a letter sent to Sims by Seminole County Superintendent Walt Griffin.

The disruptive student was listening to music, and singing in class and after being told to quiet down twice by Sims, he decided to take action, according to school officials.

The suspension began Oct. 23.

In the letter, Griffin said the incident was "unacceptable conduct on the part of a professional educator and represents misconduct in office."

Sims has had similar actions of misconduct in the past, according to Griffin.

In 1999 and in 2005, Sims was given letters of direction for saying things to embarrass students, according to school records.

In 2001 and 2008, Sims got two-day suspensions, again for embarrassing students.

"Unfortunately I think, often times teachers get very cozy in their relationships with students," said Seminole County schools Executive Director of Human Resources Dr. Ron Pinnell.

Pinnell said he doesn't think what happened was done in anger, more playful. But it's still wrong, he said.

"He's been put on notice," said Pinnell. "One more event and you're going to be terminated."

Associated Press

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