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CRUEL CHILD ABUSE OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD CAUGHT ON VIDEO

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Aldine ISD Teacher and Aid

Aldine ISD teacher and aide charged for alleged abuse of 6-year-old boy with autism

ALDINE, TX  –  Two Aldine ISD educators have been charged after a first-grade student who has autism was allegedly physically injured in the classroom.

Britnee Vaughn, a teacher for kids with special needs, and teacher’s aide Maria Gonzalez-Valencia both face felony charges of injury to a child.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Aldine ISD said both educators are no longer employed by the district.

In an interview last week, the 6-year-old’s parents, Pablo Reyna and Angelica Frias, said they noticed their son would return from Raymond Elementary School with random scratches, bruises and bumps on his head.

“Whether he was OK or not,” Reyna said, “I thought he could have been playing or something.  You never know, he bumped his head or something.  I mean, he’s a kid, but like I said, it was never in our mind that the teacher was abusive towards him like that.”

Frias said what appeared to be minor injuries happened multiple times over the course of months, and both parents questioned their student’s teacher about it.

“It’s heartbreaking because he isn’t able to talk,” Frias said.  “He has autism, and he doesn’t talk, and he was not able to let me know what was going on.”

She said finally their request made it to the Raymond Elementary School’s administration staff, and an investigation was initiated.

The school’s principal, Tannessa Maddox, reportedly obtained video from inside the classroom after the parents complained.

Court records detail multiple instances where students were allegedly physically abused while in their classroom.

The first incident the court documents covered happened on March 24.

Witnesses to the video state that Gonzalez-Valencia was seen striking the boy in the forehead with an unknown object after he touched an item on her desk.

After the boy was hit, the video reportedly shows the 6-year-old placing his hands on his head in the same area of the strike, indicating that it caused him to feel pain.

After allegedly striking the boy, the teacher’s aide can be heard telling the boy to move, court records claim.

On March 25, a video allegedly shows Vaughn walk over to the boy, who was spinning around on the floor, and kick him, causing him to slide across the floor.

In a separate incident on April 4, court records claim that Vaughn physically hurt another child, in addition to the 6-year-old who has autism.

Witnesses claim that the classroom video shows the boy and the other student playing on the floor.

Vaughn is then seen walking over to the boy and grabbing him by the back of his shirt in the neck area, pulling him up from the floor and onto his feet.

She then reportedly pushes him towards his desk, causing him to fall to the floor.
Witnesses to the video said when the boy got up and sat at his desk, he started rubbing his neck with his hands.

After that, the video reportedly shows Vaughn walking over to the other student and grabbing him by the ear until he gets up from the ground.

The student allegedly yelled in reaction, causing Vaughn to let go. That’s when she reportedly told him not to scream again, or she would take his tablet.

When the student went to sit down at his desk, he was reportedly holding his ear in pain.
In an interview on Tuesday, Pablo Jr.’s parents said the teachers being charged is a good first step, but they want full accountability.

“I think they should be not able to teach anymore. Their title should be taken away from them. If they didn’t have the patience for the kids, then why be a teacher?” said Frias.
They said they would also like to see the district pay more attention.

“I hope that they keep an eye out and be more aware of what’s going on with the teachers, the students and just be able to catch things sooner,” said Frias.

Pablo Jr.’s parents said their son is not finishing the school year at Raymond Elementary as they did not feel comfortable with him going back there after what happened. He is currently enrolled at another Aldine ISD school.

Aldine ISD issued an updated statement about the investigation on Tuesday:

“Aldine ISD is aware of an incident at Raymond Elementary School in which a teacher and a paraprofessional made inappropriate physical contact with two special needs students. Once the school was made aware of this incident, CPS and Aldine ISD PD were immediately contacted and an investigation was initiated. The Aldine ISD PD turned their findings over to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and charges have been filed against both individuals. Both individuals are no longer employed by Aldine ISD.

This incident is deeply concerning and should not have occurred. The district trains teachers and paraprofessionals in nonviolent crisis intervention techniques at the beginning of each school year and will reinforce that training during the remainder of this year. Aldine ISD expects all employees to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates the proper regard for others and does not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety and emotional well-being of any students or staff member. In addition, the district will use its resources to protect its students and staff.

Aldine ISD leaders will continue to work together to find solutions which provide a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment in our schools in order to support academic achievement, respectful interactions and engagement.”

UPDATE – TN Teacher Charged With Child Abuse

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April Chandler, 45

UPDATE – Special Ed teacher arrested, charged with CA

HENDERSONVILLE, TN  –  A George A. Whitten Elementary School special education teacher was arrested and charged with child abuse.

According to Sumner County School officials, 45-year-old April Chandler was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

The arrest affidavit said an aide at the school told police Chandler forcefully and angrily grabbed a 5-year-old nonverbal autistic boy, causing him to have scratches and red marks.

The witness detailed another incident when Chandler was reading a story to the students as the young boy tried to sit in her lap.  The affidavit says Chandler pushed the boy off of her and he fell down.

A second aide told officers Chandler was roughly changing the boy’s clothes.  When the boy began to cry, she mocked the boy’s appearance.

After officers spoke with the school employees, Chandler was arrested on November 18.  She has since been released on bond.

Chandler is expected to appear in court on December 11.

TN Teacher Suspended, Charged With Child Abuse

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April Chandler

Special Ed teacher arrested, charged with Child Abuse

HENDERSONVILLE, TN  –  A George A. Whitten Elementary School special education teacher was arrested and charged with child abuse.

According to Sumner County School officials, April Chandler was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

NewsChannel 5 is working to get the details of the incident from the affidavit.  We will update this story when more information becomes available.

Three People Accused Of Abuse At MD School For Disabled

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Jermaine Thomas, 35

Employees for Private Special Education School Arrested on Child Abuse,
Sex Assault Charges

FREDERICK COUNTY, MD  –  Three employees at a private special education school in Frederick County, Maryland, were arrested Wednesday on child abuse and sexual assault charges.

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Ariel Eppard, 27

A grand jury indicted 35-year-old Jermaine Thomas, 27-year-old Ariel Eppard and 32-year-old Wesley Dean in late August.

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Wesley Dean, 32

They worked at The Jefferson School, a day school and residential treatment center for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

Frederick County prosecutors say the suspects abused a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman who were students at the school.

A spokesperson for the school said administrators took immediate action and notified police and Child Protective Services when they heard of allegations against the employees.

Thomas was charged with three counts of sex abuse of a minor and seven counts of child pornography/filming a sex act.

Eppard faces two counts of sex abuse of a minor, two counts of fourth-degree sex offense (person in position of authority) and two counts of a court-ordered provider engaging in a sex act.

Dean was charged with sex abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sex offense (person in position of authority) and two counts of court-ordered provider engaging in a sex act.

Dean, Eppard and Thomas were placed on leave and later fired, the spokesperson for the school said.

NM Man Jailed Over Child Not Sitting

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Joshua Salais, 23

Boy who couldn’t sit down at school
sparks abuse investigation

LAS CRUCES, NM  –  Authorities arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of spanking his young stepson multiple times and hard enough to leave visible bruising on the boy’s buttocks.

Joshua Salais, 23, is charged with one count of child abuse.  The charge is a third-degree felony count.

Investigators learned that on Oct. 22, 2018, a 7-year-old boy was at his elementary school and had difficulty sitting down, according to the Las Cruces Police Department.

The young boy went to the school’s nurse, where it was discovered he had black and purple bruising on his buttocks.

The boy indicated to authorities that he was injured by Salais, who had spanked him.

The boy also indicated that his mother had to intervene to stop Salais.

Las Cruces police detectives believe that Salais used a belt on the young boy’s bare skin 8 to 10 times over the last two weeks.

Investigators subsequently observed bruising, in different stages of healing, that were consistent with allegations of the boy being struck hard, multiple times over several days.

Custody of the young boy has since been turned over to his grandmother.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Salais.  He was taken into custody Friday evening and booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center where he was initially held without bond.