A female teacher at Danesfield Church of England School,
Williton, in Somerset, was suspended this week after allegedly
putting sticky tape over the mouths of noisy ten-year-old pupils
during a lesson on Monday.
The 500-pupil middle school is part of a C of E multi-academy
trust, whose executive head, Ian Bradbury, said that the teacher
involved had been suspended pending an investigation of the
"We take the welfare of our pupils very seriously. The incident
is being thoroughly investigated so we can come to the appropriate
The incident gained widespread publicity this week after a
pupil's mother reported it to local newspapers. Earlier she had
contacted the police, who referred her complaint to the school.