A Texas substitute teacher is accused of forcing a young student to tape his mouth shut

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Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 4:55pm

A Texas elementary school teacher is accused of forcing a young student to tape his own mouth shut.

The teacher has since been reassigned, but the child's mother says that's not enough. Many reports say the mother and other parents want the teacher fired.

"It was right here," said 5-year-old Isaiah Greenwood.

Greenwood showed how much of his mouth was covered with duct tape.

"It hurts right here and right here," said Greenwood.

His mother says Isaiah's substitute teacher, Mr. Fematt, did it to keep her son quiet in class on November 5, 2013. Now she says there's not enough tape to keep her quiet.

"I'm disgusted with these people," said Melissa Ordonez. "Putting him in the corner, that's fine. Putting tape over his mouth, way over the top."

Eyewitness News obtained preliminary investigation notes taken by the Assistant Principal, Mr. Garcia. In his notes, he stated that Mr. Fematt admitted that he cut a little piece of duct tape and had it placed on his desk as a warning to students.

When Isaiah wouldn't be quiet, he pointed to the tape and Isaiah went and put it on his mouth.

"That's not right. There's other ways to handle stuff," said Ordonez.

Houston Independent School District released this statement to Eyewitness News saying, "Sanchez Elementary School Administrators and HISD Police conducted a thorough investigation, but ultimately determined there was enough evidence to support allegations made in November against the substitute teacher."

"I think they need to take action and get that teacher out of here," said Ordonez.

Parents are now calling for the substitute to be fired.

"It makes me feel if he can do this, what else can he do to a child," said parent Christina Cruze.

The substitute teacher was reassigned to another school and won't be allowed back into the district. The mother has also filed a police report on the incident.  

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