Student suspended for alleged packaging tape incident in Gary
Post-Tribune staff report May 15, 2014 8:28PM
Updated: June 17, 2014 2:28PM
GARY — School officials apparently have suspended a Lew Wallace High School student who allegedly used packaging tape to bind two other students during class Tuesday, the grandmother of one of the victims said Thursday.
Her grandson, a special needs student, said he told her what happened after he reported the incident to the school dean Tuesday afternoon. She said he saw a classmate encased in packaging tape, the work of a boy in their health class. He started pulling the tape from her body, but was interrupted.
“Did I say you could help her?” the boy with the roll of tape asked her grandson.
And then he, too, found himself wrapped in clear tape from his waist to his shoulders, his arms locked to his sides.
His mother filed a police report with some details of the incident Wednesday morning, but it was unclear Thursday if that information had been forwarded to investigators.
“I still don’t know the whole story,” the boy’s grandmother said. The teen and his mother, also mentally challenged, live with her and her husband in Glen Park, not far from the high school.
Family members took the boy to the doctor to be examined and he appeared to by fine physically, she said.
The number of facts she knows are about equal to those she doesn’t. “I don’t know if the boy who did this is also in special education. They were in the same classroom, but maybe my grandson is mainstreamed in that class,” she said.
She thinks a substitute teacher was present when the taping incident began.
After the taping, “They paraded him through the school,” she said.
In the police report, the boy’s mother said her son was pushed into a different classroom, then looked to the teacher for help.
“Instead of helping him, (the teacher) closed the door on him, leaving him in the hallway,” the report states.
The report states that teacher declined to discuss the incident with police.
Gary Community School Corp. spokeswoman Charmella Greer did not return a call to the Post-Tribune with comments about the status of the investigation.
The boy who taped the two students has been suspended, the victim’s grandmother said. She praised the dean who responded quickly when he learned of the incident, but added she doesn’t know what, if anything, will happen to the teachers who didn’t intervene to help her grandson.