Teacher who taped students' mouths shut cleared of charges

(ANSA) - Reggio Emilia, October 21 - A teacher who taped three of her students' mouths shut was cleared of abuse charges Monday by a court that ruled she was simply playing a kind of game.

Angela Baraldi was using an unusual teaching method that involved a game where noisy students were quieted by use of adhesive tape, the court found in the case dating from the 2011-2012 school year.

The game failed, however, because too many students became disruptive because they also wanted to have their mouths taped shut as part of the game.

Defense lawyer Rosanne Beifiori said the students were not hurt and continue to "show affection" towards their former teacher.

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