Student Suspended For Covering Mouth With Duct Tape

A student in the east is kicked out of school for refusing to take duct tape off his mouth. He says he was expressing his religious freedom, but school officials say he was causing a disruption.

Patrick Richmond was suspended from Trexler Middle School in Onlsow County for not taking off duct tape which read "silence for Christ."

Patrick's father Shawn says his son took a vow of silence for the day and it's his son religious right to express himself. School officials say the duct tape was causing a disruption and gave him the option of taking it off or be sent home.

Assistant Onslow County Superintendent Barry Collins says,"The position of the board is we don't infringe on anyone's right to freedom of expression." Collins says he has no problem with students expressing themselves outside of class like lunch or recess.

Three other students, including Patrick's sister, were all asked at the beginning of class to remove the tape which they did.

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