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Sat October 19, 2013

NM Teacher's Aide Tapes Mouth Of Autistic Student

The Albuquerque Public Schools say a teacher's aide is back in class after an investigation into her taping the mouth of a wheelchair-bound special needs boy.

KOB-TV says the incident occurred last month at Rio Grande High School.

The station says a 10th-grade student who's autistic was meowing like a cat while on a field trip with his special education class.

The aide reportedly told the boy that if he didn't stop, she'd placed tape over his mouth.

After the class returned to school, the boy allegedly kept making noises so the aide applied several pieces of scotch tape over his upper and lower lips in an attempt to silence him.

School officials say the district put the aide on leave for three weeks, one of which was unpaid.

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