Fresno Unified teacher reportedly tied student to chair with yarn

The Fresno BeeJanuary 31, 2013 

Fresno Unified School District has placed an elementary school teacher on administrative leave following an allegation that the teacher tied a student to a chair with yarn.

KMPH (Channel 26.1) first reported the incident: The aunt of a fifth-grade student at Bakman Elementary School in southeast Fresno, who described herself as the boy's guardian, said the boy's teacher tied her nephew to a chair with yarn for four consecutive days as a means for dealing with his unruliness.

The aunt told KMPH that the district offered counseling and the boy has since changed classrooms. District spokeswoman Jamilah Fraser said Thursday that due to privacy issues, the district could not provide that information.

But in a written statement, the district said that it "places the highest priority on the safety of our students and staff. The district's Human Resource Department has a robust process in place regarding teacher and/or student allegations. While you can be assured that all matters of safety are taken extremely seriously, personnel matters and the outcome of the investigations, due to privacy laws, cannot be shared with the public. Fresno Unified has placed the teacher on administration leave."

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