Teacher's aide accused of hitting student with special needs

Posted at 9:43 PM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 23:25:45-05

A Milwaukee parent is outraged after a call she got from her son's principal. He told her her student with Down Syndrome was hit by a teacher's aide.

Demonica Young wants answers as to what happened at James Madison High School nearly three weeks ago.

"My son was struck in the face by a teacher's aide," said Young. "They said it happened on January 6th."

Milwaukee Public Schools says the principal did not find out about it until a student came to him Tuesday.

"They're telling me that another student recorded the whole incident and there's video," said Young.

The district released a statement saying "MPS is cooperating with the police department regarding an allegation at James Madison Academic campus," but said they could not comment further because it's a personnel matter.

Young says the aide works with her son and a couple other students with special needs.

"It's just heartbreaking to hear, you know, that the person that is side-by-side with him everyday is popping him upside the head for whatever reason," says Young.

Young says her son has the mental capacity of about a 5 year old. A police report was filed accusing the worker of battery to a disabled person.

"There's no excuse, there's no reason for what she did and she shouldn't be working with anyone's child ever again," said Young.

Young is set to meet with the district attorney's office Thursday afternoon. She says she wants to see the video of the incident. She also plans to ask for charges to be filed against the worker.

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