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Teacher resigns after being accused of taping students to wall, desk

May 3, 1997

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A teacher has resigned after being accused of disciplining two sixth grade students by taping them to a desk and to a wall with masking tape, police and school officials said.

The parents of both students filed a complaint against teacher William P. Holland with police Thursday but no charges were filed against the former Mayport Middle School teacher.

Holland, 38, resigned April 25 after a school system investigation, Assistant Superintendent Alvin White said Friday.

Principal Bill Reynolds said Holland told him he used masking tape on the students on March 19 because they were misbehaving, and that he said he had used the same technique on other students.

``It’s a ridiculous form of discipline, don’t you think?″ said Reynolds, who recommended that Holland be fired.

Alex Morrison, 11, said his head was taped to a desk.

``I didn’t like it,″ Alex said. He said it made him ``feel like a prisoner.″

Holland’s lawyer, David Hertz, wouldn’t discuss details of the case but said he doesn’t believe Holland did anything inappropriate.

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