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Two Mothers Speak Out After A Teacher's Aide Used Packing Tape On Their Kids

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GRANDVIEW, WA - We've been investigating allegations that a teacher's aide in Grandview used packing tape on two special needs students. Tuesday the Grandview School District confirmed that the aide was suspended without pay, but she'll continue to work for the district after her suspension.

Raquel Villagrana's four year old son was diagnosed with autism at a young age, she knew he'd always need a little extra attention and she believed the staff at Harriet Thompson Elementary would provide that, but she says after this incident it's left her unnerved, "I don't feel like my child is safe, I don't feel like he is safe at school."      

She found out in September a teacher's aide had used packing tape to strap her son's shoe to his foot. She was shocked, but even more so when she found her son wasn't the only one, a four year old girl with down syndrome was taped to her chair by the same aide. 

We sat down with the little girls mother, Yadira Valencia, she says the whole experience has been been awful, "Honestly I was heart broken and didn't know how to react, I mean I don't know how someone would do that. When I went into the meeting I didn't have any words, I just said okay, and started crying."

It's been weeks now since the incident happened and both parents told us they called the school district numerous times, trying to arrange a meeting, but got no reply.

The district finally met with them and on Tuesday released a statement,  they said their investigation did lead them to find the aide acted out of line when she used tape on both children, she was suspended without pay, but she'll still be working for the district at another school.

"I kind of feel like the district is trying to sweep this under the rug even though they said she's no longer working there, but to me that's not enough, they should have done more," Raquel told us.

She says she hopes by speaking out she can bring this to the attention of other parents, so something like this doesn't happen to anyone else, "Me and my husband really talked about this and really thought about it and said this is something we need to do to protect our child and be the voice for other parents this has happened to."

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