Halifax police say no charges will be laid after investigating allegations of children’s mouths being taped shut during an afterschool program at Bedford South School
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Bedford South School.
An assistant instructor of the Excel program is no longer employed following the incident on May 17, but in a release issued just before 10 p.m. Thursday, Halifax Regional Police confirmed no charges will be forthcoming in the alleged assault.
“The investigation determined there was no evidence of intent to harm the children and no evidence to suggest it was a malicious act,” the release states. “It was also determined that the incident involved masking tape, not duct tape as was originally reported to police.”
In an interview on Thursday night, police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said they met individually with about 10 sets of parents to tell them about their decision to not lay charges.
He confirmed that masking tape was used, but would not say whether or not it was placed on children’s mouths.
“No harm was done to these kids,” he said. “There was no malicious intent.”
Bourdages said the individual facing the allegations has also been told about the decision and as it stands now, the case is closed.
“They took all the steps they needed to take,” Bourdages said of investigators, which he referred to as “seasoned.” “At the end of the investigation, we decided that no charges would be laid with the information we had in front of us.”