No Charges For Teacher Who Allegedly Washed Child's Mouth with Soap

GCS Teacher Resigns Over Discipline Investigation

GREENSBORO, N.C.-- A Guilford County Schools' teacher has resigned amid an investigation over the way she disciplined a kindergarten student.

Greensboro police are investigating reports that the teacher allegedly washed out a kindergartner's mouth with soap!

According to a spokesperson with GCS, Tiffani Staton was a kindergarten teacher at Wiley Elementary School, where the incident happened. Staton resigned as of today, GCS confirmed. She's been with the school system since August of 2013. 

Greensboro police are involved in a separate investigation and confirmed to WFMY News 2 that Staton is being accused of washing a student's mouth with soap as punishment.

GPD's Family Victim's Unit will be interviewing the student who is involved.

UPDATE: Friday, police told WFMY News 2 the teacher won't face any criminal charges and all parties involved are satisfied with the way the school and police handled the incident.

The findings of their investigation will be delivered to the district attorney's office.

The DA will then decide whether this case should be deemed as a criminal act and whether the teacher should face criminal punishment.

Some parents of students at Wiley Elementary School, like Setaria James, are in disbelief. 

"I'm sad, I'm frustrated, I'm angry that it happened, said James. "I'm angry that happened at my son's school and it just makes me wonder what else could take place."

James, a mother of a pre-k student, says that Staton deserves to be punished.

"When you take your child to school, you trust they are in the best of care. You don't want anything done to them that you don't do," said James. "I would say some type of punishment would be appropriate, of course. But I don't know what type."

GCS Spokesperson Nora Carr sent WFMY News 2 this statement about the incident:

"We are deeply concerned that this occurred. There is no reason to discipline a child in this manner at school. We expect our 10,000 employees to show only the greatest care and concern for our students, and the vast majority of our staff do so each and every day." 

The school district says Staton had been a GCS employee since August, 2013.

There is a long-term substitute in the class while the school looks for another teacher.

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