5-year-old boy claims teachers taped his mouth shut

Lester Mason
April 24, 2018

That's his second home.

It was preschooler Abdul Dannoui's lunch hour when he says abuse at the hands of two teachers left him hungry, humiliated and barely breathing.

"She put Scotch tape on my mouth", Abdul said.

WXYZ reported that the March 26 incident happened during lunchtime, with straight-A student Abdul taped up ten times by the woman and an adult accomplice. That's how they treat a child with asthma.

Ayad also says the district still employs one of the teachers involved, placing other students at risk for similar attacks."One of the teachers was discharged". According to the woman, the substitute teacher placed duct tape on her 5-year-old mouth to discipline him.

"They said don't tell your mom or dad, or no one", he said. "I am not afraid, I am going to fight for my kid", said mom Hoda Dannoui.

"I don't know why they did it", he said.

She said she trusted the preschool to educate her son and keep him safe, but she said that trust was betrayed.


"That's not the type of person we want working for us", Crestwood School District Superintendent Laurine VanValkenburg told the Detroit News "This is not our standard of care".

After talking to her attorney, the boy's mother chose to transfer Abdul to another school and file a lawsuit against the institution.

The mom told WJBK she had no reason to think her son was lying.

The family's attorney, Nabih Ayad, said the teachers saw what they were doing as a kind of prank, but nobody in the Dannoui family is laughing.

"We're asking for a thorough investigation, not only by the law enforcement authorities but as [well] as by the state administration, the body that oversees these teachers", Ayad told WJJ.

"We feel that it was just a joke amongst these teachers, a laugh for them", Ayad told WXYZ/CNN.

The superintendent acknowledges the incident happened, saying, "A substitute teacher assistant placed a piece of Scotch tape over the mouth for a very brief period of time".

According to Mrs. Dannaoui, while picking up her 5-year-old son from school, the child told her about how one of the substitute teachers used duct tape on his mouth. The teacher reported the incident to the GSRP director who reported it to her supervisor.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER