School Driver Tapes Students’ Mouths Shut

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Silence, please.

A bus driver in Maine, USA, has been suspended after complaints she made noisy students put duct tape over their mouths to keep them quiet.

The driver worked for the First Student bus service and ferried children from Surrey Elementary School in Surrey, Maine. Apparently she either taped up loud students herself of passed the tape around and had the students tape their own mouths shut.

The story came to light when two students complained. The driver had allegedly said it was a game and most of the children on the bus realised it as such. The two students who complained did so because they felt they shouldn’t have to wear the tape because they weren’t the loudest on the bus.

Following the accusations an internal enquiry is looking into the matter. School Principal Cathy Lewis says that regardless of the outcome, the driver would not be welcome back.

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