Teacher uses masking tape to keep unruly kids in their seats

Police said reports that she taped kids to their seats were unfounded; she just taped out a boundary line

A Phoenix Elementary teacher is on paid administrative leave after she allegedly put masking tape around the periphery of four students' armchair desks last week to keep them in order during state exams.

An investigation by Phoenix police found the teacher committed no crime in her unusual method of discipline.

"The report came in that the students were taped to their desks," said Phoenix police Lt. Derek Bowker. "That was unfounded."

Bowker said the students were being unruly and running around the classroom at the time. The teacher used the tape to show the children their boundaries, he said.

Phoenix-Talent schools officials continue to investigate the matter. They expect the investigation to conclude shortly after spring break.

Officials said they put employees on paid administrative leave when ever they receive a report involving the possible inappropriate treatment of children.

"We always put the interest of children first," said Cally McKenzie, Phoenix-Talent schools human resources director. "It doesn't mean we think the teacher is guilty."

The incident was also reported to the Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare division, per district policy.

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