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An elementary-school teacher was suspended without pay for three days for tying three first-graders to their chairs because they misbehaved. Parents claimed he also taped the pupils' mouths shut.

Michael Silk, who has taught at West Side Elementary School for two years, began serving his suspension Monday, said Greater Johnstown Superintendent June Merryman.

The pupils were tied to their chairs with yarn earlier this month, but administrators did not find out about it until one of them told a parent, who then complained.

Silk admitted tying the yarn loosely around the children's laps when they misbehaved, Ms. Merryman said. Parents contended Silk also taped the pupils' mouths shut, but Silk denied the claim, and school officials could find no evidence that tape was used.

After serving his suspension, Silk will be monitored and receive assistance in how to handle his pupils, Ms. Merryman said.

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