Winthrop, Mass. teacher accused of taping autistic student's eyebrow

Published On: Apr 01 2013 08:55:18 AM HST

A Winthrop teacher is under investigation for alleged misconduct at an elementary school.

Police were notified of the alleged inappropriate behavior last week.

According to a search warrant, another teacher at Cummings Elementary told investigators that the teacher in question put adhesive tape on an autistic student's eyebrow and then ripped it off, while the student said "ouch."

The investigation revealed the teacher shared video of the incident with other faculty and staff.

The Winthrop police have not arrested the 26-year-old teacher, but they executed a search warrant, examining the teacher's iPhone.

NewsCenter 5 and are not identifying the teacher, because the teacher has not been criminally charged at this time.

Chief Terence Delehanty, with the Winthrop Police Department said there's a potential that the incident may not be classified as criminal conduct. "It [could] be handled administratively and we are working through those facts."

Court paperwork also details a second incident in which an inappropriate photo was taken of a second autistic student.

"Children in general are a protected class, not able to protect themselves, so its up to the superintendent of schools and police department to protect them," said Chief Delehanty.

Attempts to reach the teacher Friday were unsuccessful.