Assault charges withdrawn against Kitchener teacher accused of taping students

Assault charges against a former Kitchener teacher accused of taping students with masking tape were withdrawn in court on Wednesday.

The teacher’s lawyer confirmed to CTV News the charges were dropped at the request of the Crown after she agreed to enter into a common law peace bond – a court order used to keep someone from committing or recommitting a breach of the peace.

She also resigned from the Waterloo Region District School Board, the lawyer said in an email.

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

In November, police announced they had charged the 53-year-old woman with two counts of assault after an investigation into “allegations she taped two children with masking tape while in the classroom.”

The alleged incidents happened at Alpine Public School in Kitchener.

The criminal investigation started on Oct. 22, after police received a report from Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region.

The families of both children spoke to CTV News Kitchener in the fall. One family said the teacher taped their child to his desk. The second child said the teacher used tape as a punishment on him three times.

“The first time she taped my legs, the second time she taped my arms and the last time she taped me on my mouth, under my mask,” the child told CTV News in October.

“I don’t feel safe and my kids don’t feel safe,” the child’s mother said.

SCHOOL BOARD RESPONDS

CTV News reached out to Waterloo Region District School Board. The board would not answer questions in an on-camera interview and instead posted a video statement to social media late Wednesday afternoon.

“The WRDSB cannot comment on the court ruling,” Director of Education jeewan chanicka said in part in the statement. “What we will say and what we do need to say is that we know that there will be some parents in our community, especially parents of Black, Indigenous and racialized students who are wondering who will ensure the safety of their children when they send them off to school.”

chanicka said the board is committed to addressing systemic racism and ensuring the safety and well-being of students.

CTV News reached out to the families involved. One of them declined to comment. The other did not reply before airtime.