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West Virginia Teacher Arrested After Student Accused Her of Duct Taping His Mouth ‘Ear to Ear,’ Cops Say

West Virginia Teacher Accused of Duct Taping Student's Mouth Shut
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To keep a student quiet, this teacher allegedly duct taped his mouth shut.

Oct. 20 2023, Published 11:02 a.m. ET

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A teacher in West Virginia has been arrested after she allegedly duct taped a student’s mouth from “ear to ear” while “in the middle of the class,” according to authorities.

On Oct. 13, prosecutors met with troopers from the West Virginia State Police to discuss a child abuse case reported against 43-year-old Cassandra Sisler that allegedly took place at a school in Preston County, WBOY reported.

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According to the West Virginia Education Association website, Sisler is a teacher at West Preston Middle School and president of the Preston County chapter of the WVEA. However, the Preston County Board of Education states she was a teacher at Central Preston Middle School when the alleged incidents took place, WBOY reported.

The victim claimed to investigators that “his teacher,” who he identified as Sisler, “put duct tape over his mouth from ear to ear. He said this took place on Oct. 2 “in the middle of class” and “after he took the tape off, his mouth and his lips were sore,” police said in a criminal complaint.

The same thing happened again on Oct. 3, according to the alleged victim. On Oct. 4, the student said, Sisler allegedly duct taped the boy’s “mouth from ear to ear," but “also grabbed his hands and wrapped his wrists in duct tape.”

On Oct. 5, the student alleged Sisler “got stronger tape and wrapped it around his head over his mouth and onto his shoulders,” according to the complaint.

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Sisler was arrested and charged with four counts of child abuse, officials said.

She was released after posting a total bond of $40,000 bond, or $10,000 per charge.

Preston County Superintendent Brad Martin told WBOY that he “cannot comment on the employment status” of Sisler at this time. However, he did note that the Board of Education “contacted the appropriate authorities and are cooperating and taking all necessary actions while the situation is being investigated.”

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