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Rochester CSD teacher’s aide accused of restraining special needs student with duct tape

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ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — A Rochester teacher’s aide is facing charges after police say she wrapped taped around a special needs student’s arms.

Layota Davis is now charged with endangering the welfare of a child and attempted unlawful imprisonment.

In court papers, police say Davis was arrested after an incident in April at School 54 on Otis Street in Rochester. In a deposition, a teacher says Davis came up to her and asked for tape. The teacher provided painter’s tape, but Davis later returned and said she needed something stronger. At that point, the teacher says she gave Davis duct tape.

Moments later, the teacher says she realized Davis was using the tape to bind a boy’s wrist and forearms together.

“I was shocked by what I saw,” the teacher writes. The teacher told Davis to stop then went to get scissors to cut the boy free. When she returned, she says the boy was trying to tug himself free.

Using scissors, the teacher and Davis were able to remove the tape from his arms. The teacher said Davis then asked the boy if he was going to tell his mom and told the boy “she was just messing with him.”

The teacher later reported the incident which led to the criminal charges. Davis was arrested last week by police.

The district says Davis has been placed on leave. In a statement, the Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals wrote: “We hold our members to the highest standards, we are still gathering information at this time.”

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