Investigators: Children tied to chairs at Tenn. daycare

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Sheets were used to tie children to chairs during lunch at a Murfreesboro daycare, a state investigation revealed. 

According to a report from the Tennessee Department of Human Services, investigators made an unannounced visit on March 27 to Salem Academy, a daycare for children ages six weeks to five years, to speak with staff and review surveillance video as part of an investigation into a complaint. 

The complaint involved two educators, who worked with toddlers, using sheets to restrain the children to chairs so they could not get up during lunch, a department report explained. 

It also stated the two would restrain children while they were in time out and would smack the hands and bottoms of children in disapproval, while one would pull children’s ears hard enough to get them to stop what they were doing. 

After speaking with staff members, a state investigator watched video footage from March 22 around lunchtime and reported one educator in question was seen leading the children to a table and using bed sheets to tie four of them to chairs during the meal, while another staff member watched. 

When asked if she would tie children to a chair, the educator seen on video admitted she did it to “make them safe,” the paperwork stated. 

Sky Arnold, a spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Human Services told News 2 that both educators have been placed on “an exclusion safety plan that prohibits them from being at Salem Academy when children are present.” 

The incident remains under investigation. 

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