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Teacher, aide duct taped special ed student's mouth, parents say

March 24, 2012 |  8:54 am

School officials and police are investigating after a teacher and teacher's assistant were accused of duct taping a student’s mouth shut in their special education class Thursday at a Sacramento elementary school.

The boy's parents say the alleged incident has taken its toll on their son but added the principal has apologized to them.

"He's pacing the house, biting his nails, asking questions like, 'Am I in trouble?'" said Floyd Vargas, the boy's father.

Sacramento City Unified School District spokesman Gabe Ross sent FOX40 the following statement:

Last night (Thursday), the school district received information about two employees who may have used inappropriate disciplinary measures with a student in school. The Sacramento City Unified School District acted immediately in response to these types of allegations, removing the employees in question from campus and placing them on administrative leave pending a full investigation.

Parents at the school have been notified via an automated phone message and a letter home to families is scheduled to go out [Friday] afternoon. The safety of students is our top priority and, should these allegations prove true, the school and the district will take the strongest possible action against these individuals.

Sacramento Police investigators are now looking into the incident to decide if charges will be filed.

--Sam Cohen, Fox 40 Sacramento.