The employees who were involved in duct taping the legs of a young girl with special needs have been placed on leave, said the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township.
For the first time, we have a first-hand account of what happened, according to Shaylin. She told her parents that “they duct taped my feet, they pushed me in a wheelchair to the bus.” Shaylin then told them, “it hurt, no more duct tape.”
Shaylin still had the bruises two days after the incident.
“She has been running around the house for days saying, ‘No duct tape. You do not touch,'” said Nate Searcy, Shaylin’s father.
“It is something we find appalling and it’s something we are dealing with,” said Mary Lang from the MSD of Wayne Township.
The punishment is not enough for Shaylin’s father.
“I do not think they should be home with pay, I think they should be done working for schools, period,” said Nate Searcy.
Why would there be any reason to have duct tape inside a classroom, inside a school?
“That is a very good question,” said Lang. “That is something we would never think would be used especially when it comes to anything dealing with a child. So that is a question that is part of the investigation.”
“That just makes me wonder what else they are doing or have done that we do not know about? Are they taping them to chairs?,” said Searcy.
The school said it will continue its investigation to find out exactly what happened, and why.
“What happened here was an aberration,” said Lang. “It is something we certainly do not condone.”
Nate Searcy said he was putting Shaylin and her older brother into a different school while his family tries to get back to a nornal life.
“It is going to be a lot of work and a lot of hassle, aggravation,” said Searcy. “It is something that we just have to keep working through.”