School Employees on Leave After Tape Recording

WICKSBURG, Ala. (AP) -- Officials say a Wicksburg High School teacher and a teacher's aide are on paid administrative leave while school officials investigate tape recordings of how they dealt with a 10-year-old special education student.
Jose Salinas' parents attached a tape recorder to the bottom of their son's wheelchair after noticing a decline in his grades and enthusiasm for school. Jose has cerebral palsy.
Houston County School Superintendent Tim Pitchford has placed the two employees on administrative leave as he awaits results of investigations by the sheriff's office and county school administration.
Pitchford said "there were some very disturbing things on the tape."
He added that employees were not very compassionate, and "it did not appear on the tapes that there was much teaching going on."

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