The police in Wisconsin have started an investigation following a local public school student’s claim that a teacher taped his mask to his face, allegedly causing an injury to the student’s neck.
The student at McNeel Intermediate School in Beloit said that his teacher got “clearish yellow tape” and pulled his mask up to his nose. According to the boy, she then wrapped the tape around his head five times. He exclaimed, “I’m like, this is crazy. Why is she doing this?” per a WKOW report. The 8th-grade student and his family have chosen not to reveal their identities to the press yet as they still feel shaken by the incident.
The 13-year-old student also mentioned that, at times, he finds it difficult to breathe while wearing a mask, so he pulled it down during one of his classes. His teacher allegedly told him to pull his mask back up when she noticed he pulled it down.
“I can't breathe. Give me a moment,” the student recalled what he told her.
After that, the teacher then reportedly got some tape and proceed to tape the mask onto the student’s face.
According to the boy’s parent, “when he came home, he (had) a red mark on the back of his neck area. And it was a little bit red around his face.”
The said parent called the Beloit Police Department after finding the injury, and an officer reportedly stated that he had already talked with the teachers at the school.
“He got the story from teachers and all they said was that they put a little piece of tape on his mask and then onto his nose and he said they said that they didn't wrap it around his head,” the student’s parent said.
The student also mentioned that what happened left him shaken, and his parent also stated that the school and the district still have not reached out to him regarding the matter.
On Thursday, the said school district released a statement obtained by Fox News. It explained that the police has investigated the matter and “determined there was no violation of local or state laws.”
“I am here before you to address the allegations made yesterday to the media and on social media. The media reported these allegations by a parent as true, stating there was an incident involving a child in a classroom. We worked in collaboration with the City of Beloit Police Department; they have investigated these allegations and have determined there was no violation of local or state laws,” Superintendent Dan Keyser said via the statement.
It also revealed that the staff at the school have since gotten “racist hate speech” from people.
“Additionally, administration and staff at the school are receiving racist, hate speech from unknown individuals and organizations. We have zero tolerance for hate speech, violence, or threats made against our staff and District. We are cooperating with the City of Beloit Police Department in investigating these threats made against our staff and District.”
A protest in connection to this issue is currently planned to happen on Nov. 5 in front of Beloit’s School District.