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Teaching aide fired, accused of abusing special needs student


A teaching aide at Bean Elementary School has been fired by LISD after accusations that she abused a special needs student.

The event happened Friday after school and was witnessed by a grandparent who was picking up a student from school.

"I could hear a lady say get up, get up real loud and bad and I could hear someone crying," said Gloria Deatherage. "I could see the doors to the classroom closed and the lights off so I looked through the window and I saw a little boy lying down and I see the teacher kicking him."

Gloria was shocked at what she was seeing.

"He was laying down on the carpet by the door in a fetal position and she kept kicking him on the back of his leg and his side," she said. "She kicked him about three times and it was about five or six seconds and then she did it again - she kicked him."

That's when Gloria opened the door and confronted the teaching assistant.

"I yelled at her, what are you doing? Why are you kicking him? And she turned around and freaked out."

Gloria looked down the hallways around her for anyone who could help as the teaching assistant walked outside to get a school bus driver to come and take the boy home. After the child was taken, Gloria says the teaching assistant went back in the room and closed the door.

We contacted the Lubbock Independent School District who gave us a written statement:

Superintendent Berhl Robertson, Jr. said, "The district was notified of an incident in a classroom after school on Friday, in which an aide inappropriately responded to an emotional outburst by a student. The aide is no longer employed by the district."

Gloria says she was still disturbed from what she had seen and could only think about one thing...

"My worry is how is the little boy doing. That could have been my grandson. I mean, that's somebody's child."

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