GREENVILLE (CBS11) – Serious allegations being raised against a teacher in a Greenville special needs classroom.READ MORE: Dallas Police Officer Tyrone Williams Jr. Arrested, Charged With Sexual Assault Of A Child
On September 9, Ford, a 7-year-old autistic student told his mother that the teacher shoved him into a wall– hard enough that he bloodied his lip.
“When I called the school, she just hung up on me,” says his mother Stephanie. “My stomach dropped and I knew something was wrong. He just told me that he made her mad and that she pushed him to the wall and he hit the wall with his face and fell down.”
She does not doubt Ford is telling her the truth.
“It’s part of his childlike demeanor. His story has not wavered. It’s been the same since the day it happened… he’s actually started a new behavior where he’ll be rocking and saying ‘my teacher hurt me’,’my teacher hurt me’.”
There were other students in the classroom at Carver Elementary, all with special needs. An 8-year-old also mentioned the incident to his mother and an after school tutor.READ MORE: A Lot Less Munching: Pandemic Leaves Girl Scouts With 15 Million Boxes Of Unsold Cookies
“He said in front of the both of us, that ‘Ford had hit the teacher and the teacher shoved him into the wall’,” says Kristen.
Both moms say the teacher has faced previous accusations of abuse. In fact, Kristen emailed the district a month ago raising those concerns– and asking if cameras would be placed in the special needs classroom. She says she never received a response from district officials.
“There’s other kids in the class,” says Stephanie, “other kids that are less verbal than Ford. They can’t go home and tell their parents when something happens…I was lucky that Ford did.”
Greenville schools officials responded to CBS 11’s questions with an emailed statement saying, “The matter raised by this parent was taken seriously and investigated internally according to Greenville ISD policy and externally by Child Protective Services. The findings of both investigations indicated no misconduct by the teacher.”
Stephanie says she too reported the injury to both Ford’s pediatrician and CPS. A spokesperson for the state agency told CBS 11 Thursday, they could not comment on investigations involving alleged abuse at schools.
As for her level of confidence in the district’s investigation, Stephanie says she has “none.” And still wrestles with the guilt. “I can’t even put it into words. I am supposed to protect him… even more so for him because of the way he is, he needs protection. These are people that he should be able to trust.”MORE NEWS: Parents Of North Texan & Former Marine Trevor Reed Want President To Stand Up For Their Jailed Son
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