Tucson student: Teacher taped me to a chair
CREATED Aug. 20, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A family is outraged over what their daughter says happened to her inside a Tucson classroom. They say the way a teacher tried to control their second grader is simply wrong. Police are involved, and the district has pulled the teacher from class.
Mia Kramer was excited to begin second grade at Hollinger Elementary on Tucson’s southwest side.
“I like about my school that my friends get to be nice to me,” she told KGUN9 News.
Kramer said she walked to the pencil sharpener too many times on Thursday, upsetting her teacher. She said her teacher then told her to sit down.
Kramer showed KGUN9 what she told police happened next. She said the teacher taped her to a chair in the classroom.
“It felt like something's happening to me and it's wrong,” Kramer said.
She said one strip of tape went around her stomach and the back of the chair and another higher up.
“The other one I had to put my arms up,” she said.
She said she complied, other students were in the room and it hurt “a little.” She said the tape was wide like packing tape.
Her mother is outraged and emotional.
“She likes to be happy and they tied her to a chair,” Maria Vasquez said. “Regardless if it was a little tape -- she got tied to a chair where she couldn't move. That's not right.”
“The thought should've not gone through the teacher's mind -- to tape child to a chair,” said Maria "Toni" Gonzales, Kramer’s self-described adopted grandmother.
Her family said Kramer has ADHD, but this no way to discipline or control their child.
“Buzz the office,” said Gonzales, a former teacher. “Have somebody come in and help you for ten minutes and walk out of there [to calm down].”
Tucson Unified School District representatives declined an interview and instead sent a statement, which read in part:
“We take these things very seriously. Obviously such behavior is not appropriate or acceptable and is not part of any district protocol. The teacher is not in the classroom pending the outcome of the investigation. The complaint has been referred to district leadership and if it’s determined that this incident took place, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. "
Kramer's family is upset with the way the district has handled their complaint so far.
“I want them to understand that they hurt her by tying her to chair and that that was wrong,” Vasquez said.
“She should respect kids -- not hurt them,” said Kramer, who hasn't returned to school since the supected incident.
The Tucson Police Department is also investigating this as a possible assault. The story Kramer and her family told KGUN9 matches the one in the police report.