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Hillsborough School Board suspends teacher accused of duct-taping kindergarten student's eyes


TAMPA, Florida — A Hillsborough County music teacher has been suspended without pay after being accused of duct-taping a kindergartener's eyes.

The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1SM6JpU ) reports that the Hillsborough County School Board voted 6-0 on Tuesday to suspend 29-year-old Lindsay Blanc.

Blanc was removed from the classroom at east Tampa's Potter Elementary School in April, shortly after a mother said her child's eyes were duct-taped as punishment for talking.

According to a Tampa Police Department report, some of the 19 children interviewed at the school described being duct-taped by the teacher as punishment. Blanc was not charged with a crime.

The newspaper reports the district will next try to fire Blanc, who can appeal the suspension.

The Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association says that Blanc should be given due process rights.

Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Florida), http://www.tampabay.com.

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