Superintendent Wants Teacher Fired For Taping Student's Mouth

Saturday, November 20th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The superintendent of Oklahoma City's
public schools says a teacher should be fired for putting masking
tape on two students' mouths.

Columbus Enterprise Elementary teacher Manuel Siemens says he
applied the tap in jest.

But Superintendent Marvin Crawford says Siemens violated the
district's code of conduct.

The school board will decide Monday whether to accept Crawford's
recommendation that the teacher be let go.

If the board agrees, then Siemens can appeal the decision and
have a termination hearing.

The president of the Oklahoma City American Federation of
Teachers says Crawford's recommendation is unfair and that the
union is likely to fight the firing attempt.