Teacher accused of zip tying student

SAN JUAN, Texas (AP) - A South Texas middle school teacher has been charged with unlawful restraint of a minor after being accused of using zip ties on an 11-year-old's hands.
A police affidavit says the boy's mother told staff at Austin Middle School in San Juan that 25-year-old Jose Manuel Martinez tied her son's hands while he sat in a chair during in-school suspension Dec. 11.
Martinez, charged Thursday, did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press on New Year's Day, nor did the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district.
The Monitor in McAllen reports that a woman told police the student used vulgar language, threatening to run out of class. She also said the boy hit his hands against walls. She told police he was tied for about five minutes, the third time he'd been so restrained.


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