Charleston County teacher arrested, accused of taping student's mouth

Avriel Taylor booking photo (Charleston County Detention Center)

Authorities have arrested a Charleston County teacher accused of taping a student's mouth closed because the child was disrupting class.

Avriel Taylor, 24, is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. Taylor was arrested Friday morning by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. She remains in jail at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing.

Taylor is a second grade teacher at E.B. Ellington Elementary School in Ravenel. She has been on administrative leave from the school since mid-December after a parent of a student accused her of placing packaging tape over the child's mouth for talking in class.

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According to the sheriff's office, other students who witnessed the incident told their parents the teacher eventually pulled the tape off the boy’s mouth, and told the class she would do the same thing to them if they didn't stop talking.

Other parents also came forward to tell deputies their children said Taylor had been verbally abusive since the beginning of the school year, often to the point of threatening students, and sometimes even throwing pencils at them, incident reports show.

The school principal told investigators at the time of the incident that the teacher never actually put the tape on the child’s mouth, and only held it up for the children to see.

Parents have called for Taylor's firing. Charleston County School District officials say she remains on administrative leave.

Taylor was scheduled to appear in Charleston County bond court at 10 a.m.

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