Crime

Louisiana pastor is booked into jail for duct-taping children’s mouths shut when they talked too much

A Louisiana Christian pastor and former “Survivor” contestant has been arrested and charged with three counts of child cruelty, The Daily Advertiser reports.

The Rev. John Raymond, 60, turned himself into police on Thursday and was booked into jail. He’s accused of taping the mouths of students shut as punishment for talking too much. Raymond was the headmaster of a non-denominational Christian school in Slidell, where parents said their children were brought by Raymond to his office and had their mouths shut with packing tape that wrapped around their heads.

According to reports, the children were sent back to class with the tape wrapped around their heads and mouths for 45 minutes “until another school administrator began feeling uncomfortable about the situation and used scissors to remove the tape.”

The children said the tape made it difficult for them to breathe.

Raymond, who was a “Survivor” reality TV show contestant contestant in 2002, was a member of the Louisiana Republican Party State Central Committee as credentials committee chair

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