Florida Teacher Suspended for Taping Student's Hands

A science teacher at a central Florida school has been suspended for five days without pay for allegedly taping a disruptive student's hands together.

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013  |  Updated 7:54 AM EDT
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A science teacher at a central Florida school has been suspended without pay for five days for allegedly taping a disruptive student's hands together.

Greg Sims, a teacher at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, also tried to tape the student's mouth closed and taped her backpack to a pole inside the classroom after she disrupted class, according to a letter sent to Sims by Seminole County Superintendent Walt Griffin.


The student was listening to music and singing in class, and had to be asked twice by Sims to quiet down, school officials told WESH.

Griffin said it was "unacceptable conduct on the part of a professional educator and represents misconduct in office," according to the letter. Sims began serving the suspension on Wednesday.

Sims was given letters of direction in 1999 and 2005 for saying things to embarrass students, school records showed. He was also given two-day suspensions in 2001 and 2008 for embarrassing students.

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