Girl with Down Syndrome Has Feet Duct Taped

February 6, 2013  |  

A troubling story from Indianapolis has led to an investigation from Child Protective Services and local school officials. Eight-year-old Shaylin Searcy, who has Down Syndrome, came home from school with her shoes duct taped to her ankles, USA Today reports. The tape was so tight, the girl couldn’t walk and had to be taken off the school bus in a wheelchair.

Shaylin’s mother Elizabeth Searcy did admit that her daughter has had trouble getting her shoes on in the past. She has flat-out refused to put on her shoes after school, sometimes having fits. But in those instances, Searcy said, the school has called her and had her talk to her daughter. The phone call had been enough. After picking up his daughter from the bus, dad Nate Searcy drove back to the school to show administrators what had happened. He said it took the principal a half hour to remove the duct tape from his daughter’s feet.

It’s unclear whether or not Shaylin’s feet were duct taped by a teacher or a student, but the school board and CPS continue to investigate. Shaylin’s parents say she will not be returning to Westlake Elementary School.

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