The Charleston County Sheriff's Office arrested a second-grade teacher Friday after she was accused of taping a student's mouth shut with packing tape, and then pulling it off.
The teacher, Avriel Ayerim-Ospri Taylor, was arrested on a charge of cruelty to children, reported the Post and Courier.
Taylor allegedly placed the tape on the seven-year-old boy's mouth and told him to keep quiet, according to a report filed by parents on December 18. She threatened other students with the same punishment if they were too talkative, ABC News 4 reported.
Taylor, who taught at Ellington Elementary School in Ravenel, a suburb of Charleston, claims she only held up the tape to the boys' mouth, but that she did not tape his mouth shut, according to the Post and Courier. The Charleston County School District began an internal investigation in December, and they placed Taylor on administrative leave, ABC News 4 reported.
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The arrest affidavit lists the accounts of three juvenile witnesses, who said they observed Taylor place the tape on the boy.
According to South Carolina law, people charged with cruelty to children can be punished with a $200 fine or 30 days in prison.