ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A substitute teacher in northern New Jersey is under investigation following a complaint she taped the mouths of several children who were talking during quiet time.

Police in Elizabeth say the incident occurred Monday and that the state’s child welfare agency is also investigating.

A police lieutenant says a 9-year-old girl initially made the complaint to her father.

The girl told News 12 New Jersey that the teacher got frustrated because she and other students were talking during quiet time. She says the teacher used a wide tape.

The station reports that the Elizabeth school system has taken the teacher off its substitute list while the case is pending.

The incident was reported at Winfield Scott School No. 2.

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