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Brooklyn youth marching band leader accused of duct taping student’s mouth shut

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EAST NEW YORK -- The leader of a well-known Brooklyn youth marching band was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of duct taping a student’s mouth closed because the student was apparently talking too much.

Kenyatte Hughes 39, is accused of covering a 9-year-old’s mouth with tape Monday at a Vermont Street school in East New York, police said.

The incident took place around 5 p.m. at J.H.S. 292. Police say the student suffered injuries when the tape was removed.

A fellow band student tells PIX11 that the teacher would have them do push-ups if they did not follow his instructions, but he never expected duct tape.

"It makes me feel kinda disappointed and afraid," the student said.

Hughes was charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a weapon.

A spokesperson for DOE said the volunteer band leader will not be allowed back into any public school.