News Cast 1/19

News Cast for January 19th:

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Discipline but not termination

An Okeechobee High school teacher who zip tied a student to a classroom chair, was disciplined, but is now teaching again in the classroom.

Assistant Superintendent Dylan Tedders would not divulge the disciplinary measures taken. He admits district policy does allow for restraining students at times, but it was not appropriate in this incident. Video footage came to light in December that appeared to show the teacher zip-ting the student to a chair in a classroom. WPTV Channel 5 originally received video from viewers.

Tedders said the teacher expressed remorse for their actions. He said they did the investigation by the book and alerted all the appropriate agencies.