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Teacher who taped students' hands could lose her job
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:39 PM EDT
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 8:40 PM EDT
By: Vanessa Ruffes, FOX 13 News -
POLK (FOX 13) -
A Polk County teacher accused of taping a student's hands could soon lose her job.
The school district superintendent has moved to fire Kim Adams, a drama teacher at Rochelle School of the Arts, after the December 2013 incident.
School district records show Adams taped the 6-year-old girl's hands together after she jumped out of her chair during class.
According to a district investigation, the tape remained on the student until she got back to her homeroom, where that teacher saw the tape, cut it off, and reported what happened.
Adams received a three-day suspension for that action, but records show this is not the first time administrators thought Adams stepped out of line with her encounters with students.
According to the school district, Adams was suspended in June 2012 for "unreasonable force on a student." In May 2012, she received a letter of concern for spraying air freshener on another student.
Adams was placed on leave with pay in February 2012, after she grabbed a student by the backpack and scratched his eyelid after he confronted her.
Semaria Tillman, a former student of Adams, recalls the drama teacher's demeanor six years ago.
"She never really played around at all. She was just one of those strict-type teachers," Tillman said.
Tillman never expected to hear Adams would go too far with a student.
"I would be furious. I would go to the school and raise all kinds of sin," said Tillman.
The parents of the girl who was taped have hired an attorney, who tells FOX 13 they are looking into a lawsuit against Adams, the school district, or both parties.
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