5-year-old boy claims teachers taped his mouth shut, threw away his lunch
An elementary school teacher lost her job for allegedly taping a preschooler's mouth shut.
As reported by ABC News, two teachers scotch taped five-year-old Abdul Dannaoui's mouth and took his lunch away from him.
The incident took place in Crestwood School District in southern Michigan.
One of the teachers, a female substitute teacher, was immediately fired after a witness reported the incident to school officials.
The alleged abuse happened during lunchtime. Little Abdul, who also suffers from asthma, was left hungry and humiliated.
His family has decided to pull him out from the school's program. They believed that the school district didn't act appropriately, although the school has fired one of the teachers.
The second teacher is still employed by the school.
"I'm emotionally heartbroken. Disappointed. That's his second home. That's how they treat a child with asthma?" Hoda, Abdul's mother, was quoted as saying by WXYZ.
Abdul said that he could not eat anything during lunchtime because his mouth was taped shot. A witness said that his prepared meal was thrown out.
Abdul's parents filed a police report and vowed to sue the school district. Nabih Ayad, their lawyer, said the incident was "outrageous" and "absurd."
He said: "We feel that it was just a joke among these teachers - a laugh for them."
The school district defended the second teacher, saying that there was no evidence implicating the teacher in the abuse.
In a statement, Crestwood Superintendent Laurine Van Valkenburg said what happened to Abdul was an isolated case.
"There have been no other reports of similar incidents. The Crestwood School District does not approve or accept this type of behavior. The district works to ensure that all children are safe and secure in a high-quality setting," she said.