Mother of 7-year-old Salazar student files charges

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Police are investigating an alleged incident in which a substitute teacher at Salazar Elementary School taped over a 7-year-old girl's mouth sometime during school hours, police reports said.

According to the report, the mother of the child filed a report on Friday alleging that a substitute teacher at Salazar Elementary School taped over the mouth of her daughter for "an undetermined amount of time."

The incident occurred on Thursday, reports said.

The substitute teacher, the report said, used scotch tape on the girl's mouth.

According to officials, the substitute teacher was fired.

Salazar principal Marina Garza said the incident was the first during her 10-year tenure.

"We regret the actions on the implicated person very much," Garza said. "We found the incident in which he attempted to silence the child was not acceptable, we don't condone it. It's important to know that (the individual) was not an employee of our campus. The sub was filling in for one of our teachers. Our staff here are well versed in what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to redirecting our children's behavior."

Calls to superintendent Henry Herrera were not returned Tuesday morning.