Parents angry after kids taped up while at school

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Parents at an IPS elementary school are angry, because they say a teacher taped up students as punishment. IPS said that teacher is not currently in the classroom, but they would not elaborate on any "personnel" matters.

The alleged incident happened Friday afternoon at William Penn School 49 on the city's west side. A parent said it all went down in Spanish class, just after lunch.

"My daughter got her ankles taped together, because she had to go to the restroom and was afraid to ask her teacher," said a parent who spoke to CBS4 and requested to remain anonymous.

That mother said her third grader came home Friday and told her all about it, saying multiple students were at the front of the room, and the teacher used tape to keep them from moving around too much.

"She somehow taped some of the kids to the floor," said the mother.

That mother and others insisted the teacher taping up the kids wasn't the worst part.

"She was also taking pictures of them and mocking them," said the mother.

The parent claims her child told another teacher and then told the principal. She told CBS4 she was offended by the whole ordeal and is even considering filing a police report with IMPD.

Another parent, Ann Marie Havens, said her son was taped in multiple places.

"His arms were taped to his side, and his shoes were taped to the floor. He told me about the other kids being taped with a ruler behind their back and another girl whose ankles were bound," said Havens.

Indianapolis Public Schools released a statement on Monday afternoon.

"Administrators at William Penn School 49 are investigating reports stemming from a classroom activity involving tape. To our knowledge, this is not linked to any disciplinary action in the classroom. The principal is in contact with the parents of each student in the class to ensure any concerns are quickly addressed."

A district spokesperson said parents of students involved have been invited to meet with the principal. Those meetings were ongoing on Monday and will continue through the week.

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