Nate Searcy said when he went to get his daughter from the school bus this afternoon, Shaylyn wouldn't move. She said her feet hurt, and that's when the bus driver explained there was duct tape on around her feet and ankles.
Searcy said he had to carry Shaylen off the bus and into the car. He and his wife, Elizabeth immediately took her back to school to talk with the Wayne Township principal. Afterwards, it took a half an hour to get the tape of her legs.
Searcy said the duct tape was so tight that it was cutting off Shaylyn's circulation, and the child had bruises left on her feet and ankles.
Even after the meeting with the principal, the Searcys say they still don't know who put the duct tape on their daughter.
Although they admit that their daughter can be hard to handle at times, they have always had ways of communicating with school to get Shaylyn to cooperate to do what her teachers have asked her.
Elizabeth said that if the duct tape was a result of Shaylyn not listening, she doesn't know why today was any different, as she is always home before her daughter's school is let out.
Wayne Township Schools issued the following statement to RTV6:
"We have had the opportunity to meet with the parents of the student involved in this reported incident and have begun our own investigation. We have notified the Indiana Department of Child Services of the incident, and if warranted, we will file a report with the agency. We have also involved our own law enforcement officers in the investigation. When the investigation into this incident is concluded, we will take appropriate action."