The 11-year-old wrote his mother a photo of his taped mouth from a North Carolina middle school

The mother of an 11-year-old is speaking out after a text exchange in which he sent her a photo of his mouth taped shut by his middle school teacher in Johnston, North Carolina.

The incident happened on February 14, but Catherine Webster said nothing about it until a police investigation was completed.

She said her son Brady sent her the photo while he was attending Smithfield Middle School. The photo was obtained from WRAL TV and revealed numerous strips of painter’s tape across the boy’s mouth and up to his eyes.

“I said, ‘What is this? Who did this?’” Webster told WRAL. “And he didn’t answer.”

Webster says her son can be a class clown and very talkative, but she says having his mouth taped shut was an inappropriate way of dealing with him.

She says the school launched an investigation after telling LaShunda Faisonm, the principal. The boy stated that it was not the first time the teacher had taped his mouth shut and that the teacher had done the same to other students. He also said that the teacher tied the students’ wrists with the painter’s tape.

Johnston County Public Schools said the teacher resigned days after the incident was reported.

The district publishes a opinion about the incident.

“Johnston County public schools take all allegations of staff misconduct seriously,” the county said.

“While we cannot discuss the details of an investigation into alleged staff misconduct, we can confirm that when such allegations arise, our administration responds quickly by investigating the allegations and sometimes removing staff from classrooms pending a thorough review.” the statement continued. “The school administration is always able and willing to speak to any parent who has a concern about an issue that arises.”

The school said the teacher was not hired until August.

Police told WRAL there was insufficient evidence to charge the former teacher, although there were other allegations from separated parents.

“I want to know who will be held accountable so this doesn’t happen again,” Webster said.

Here is a local news report on the incident:

The mother says her son’s mouth was taped shut by the teacher at Johnston County

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