MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV/AP) - UPDATE 3/1/19
A West Virginia woman who said her autistic child endured verbal abuse in a special needs classroom at an elementary school has sued the Berkeley County Board of Education.
News outlets report Amber Pack also named four employees at Berkeley Heights Elementary School in the suit filed Thursday in Circuit Court.
Pack says said she put a recording device in the girl's hair before sending her to school in October and in a clip she posted on social media, an adult can be heard telling the child that she's going to punch her in the face and another tells the girl to "shut up."
Berkeley County Schools spokeswoman Elaine Bobo says the offices of Special Education and Human Resources immediately began working to address concerns when notified. The teacher and aides involved resigned after being put on administrative leave.
The Berkeley County Superintendent is expected to leave his position Friday following public pressure and allegations that two teachers in the district verbally abused a child with autism.
On the agenda for Friday's special Berkeley County Board of Education Meeting is the "consideration of, and possible action to approve, Superintendent (Manny) Arvon’s intention to conclude his contract, to take effect immediately."
The agenda also notes that the district plans to appoint an interim superintendent.
The meeting is set for noon Friday.
The teachers resigned in December following the allegations that surfaced in October.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey last week filed a human-rights action against the teacher and school aides. His office said the complaint left the door open to pursue similar action against others who may have been involved.
“No student should suffer the verbal assault endured by these students,” Morrisey said in the release. “Our office will use every ounce of its authority to protect children from abuse, especially from adults placed in a position of trust. We may have limited criminal authority, but this filing demonstrates our commitment to use civil tools to bring proven wrongdoers to justice.”
ORIGINAL STORY 2/13/19
A West Virginia school district has scheduled a special meeting to accept the resignations of two teachers' aides following allegations they mistreated a nonverbal child with autism.
The Journal reports that Berkeley County Schools posted a notice on Monday of Thursday's meeting.
The child's mother, Amber Pack, said she put a recording device in the girl's hair before sending her to school and in a clip she posted on social media, an adult can be heard telling the child that she's going to punch her in the face and another tells the girl to "shut up."
Berkeley County Schools said the employees involved were placed on administrative leave after the incident was reported in the fall. The teacher resigned shortly afterward and the aides' resignations will be effective Thursday.
Information from: The Journal, http://journal-news.net/
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2/13/2019 1:15:00 PM (GMT -5:00)