Lake Washington High teacher accused of duct-taping student
A teacher in Kirkland is on paid leave during an investigation into reports that she duct-taped a student to a chair.
Seattle Times staff
An experienced teacher at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland has been placed on paid leave while administrators investigate reports she duct-taped a student to a chair Wednesday.
Lake Washington School District spokeswoman Kathryn Reith said administrators are also investigating possible student involvement in the incident, which took place in a classroom.
Reith declined to provide any details, but said there were “no glaring inaccuracies” in a KIRO-TV report that the teacher became frustrated with the student and wrapped duct tape around him while he was seated in a chair.
A student interviewed by KIRO said the student being duct-taped complained only when other students joined in the taping and one wrote on his neck.
School authorities notified the student’s parents and Kirkland police of the incident, but Reith said she doesn’t expect criminal charges to be filed.
“But, obviously, I think physically restraining is not acceptable. It’s one of those basics,” she said.
Administrators learned of the incident after another teacher overheard the student saying he had been tied up, and immediately began “a complete investigation,” Reith said.
Kirkland police Lt. Mike Murray confirmed that school officials contacted police and that the incident is under investigation, but he referred additional questions to the school district.