A Las Vegas mother is “infuriated” after discovering that a substitute teacher to her son’s fourth-grade class taped the child’s mask to his face in front of the whole class.
The mother, who spoke anonymously to local media about the incident, said that her son had simply forgotten to put on his mask when he got up to get a drink of water.
The school is now investigating the incident, which has reportedly happened to other children.
“I was furious, furious. I was scared for my son on what kind of long-term effect it is going to have on him socially, the fact that the entire class was laughing,” the mother told FOX5.
“He went to get a sip of water, forgot to put the mask on. The teacher did not tell him to put it back on or send him to the office, she instead pulled him up in front of the classroom in front of all of the students and she then taped the mask across the top of his face,” she explained.
The substitute reportedly added a second layer of tape from the child’s nose to his forehead.
“He was very upset. He was crying. He was humiliated,” the outraged mother said of her son’s reaction.
When the boy went to the office later in the day to retrieve a homework assignment he’d left at home and that his father had dropped off for him, administrators noticed the tape and grew concerned.
The principal was alerted and subsequently went to the classroom to investigate, where she saw another child with tape on their mask.
The mother, who said she supports mask mandates in school but simply advocates for being realistic about expecting children to adhere to them, said her son told her as many as five children had also had their masks taped to their face.
The mom said she later asked her son if other students also had their masks taped to their face and he told her yes. It had been happening in his classroom since the beginning of the school year, he said.
“He says that he remembers up to five,” the mom said.
“The district is aware of the isolated incident and is dealing with the employee through the proper channels. The principal proactively notified the family of the investigation,” the Clark County School District said in a statement.
The mother, meanwhile, has filed a police report and is now considering moving her child to another public school or a charter school.
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