Mother claims her child, who is diagnosed with autism and ADHD, is now scared to go back to school and no one can be held accountable after a primary school teacher threw a stick at the student and knocked his tooth out
The unfortunate mother claims her young son is now scared to go back to school and no one can be held accountable for this after a primary school teacher threw a stick at the boy knocked his tooth out. The mom also said that the teacher lied when she brought her son in to the nurse, then the nurse lied to her about what happened when she went to pick him up. The school officials reportedly told the mother that “it was a bad reaction the teacher had.” Luckily, the whole incident was captured on surveillance video. The mother says the school district didn’t do enough for her 8-year-old son, who has been on a IEP (Individualized Education Program) since preschool for speech and social/ emotional and he has diagnosis’s of ASD, ADHD/ADD combined type.
The student’s mother, Jodi Johnson, reportedly told WXOW that she is angry because the school district’s actions are not enough. The furious mother also said that no one can be held accountable because there is no criminal investigation into the incident. “The school district, the principal, the nurse – nobody made a police report. They would just say that it was a bad reaction the teacher had, and I just had a hard time swallowing that that’s how they feel,” the mother reportedly said.
Luckily, the whole incident was captured on surveillance video. According to CBS Local, the incident occurred on March 28, but the mother is finally speaking about it and claims the school district didn’t do enough.
Per reports, the 8-year-old boy, Easton, was in gym class, throwing hockey sticks into a pile along with other students, when his teacher, later identified as Kim Neubauer, picked up the stick the student just laid down and threw it back at him. According to Easton’s mom, the hockey stick reportedly hit the upper part of his mouth and it knocked a tooth out. Luckily, the tooth was a baby tooth, but the root and gum were significantly damaged and the boy’s lip was injured.
The school officials said that they placed the teacher on unpaid administrative leave 2 weeks after the incident. That leave lasted through the end of the school year, and when the year ended, the district says it ended Neubauer’s employment. But, after the educator was ‘let go’, the school district publicly recognized it as a retirement.
Now, the boy’s parents are frustrated because no one can be held accountable for this because there is no criminal investigation into it. “The school district, the principal, the nurse – nobody made a police report,” the boy’s mother reportedly said. Easton has been on a IEP (Individualized Education Program) since preschool for speech and social/ emotional and he has diagnosis’s of ASD, ADHD/ADD combined type, according to his mom.
During an interview with WCCO, Jodi Johnson reportedly said:
“He’s very nervous about gym class, who teaches gym class, what do they do in that gym class. It’s gonna take quite a bit, I think, to get him to feel comfortable again.”
Superintendent Ben Barton released the following statement:
“Student safety is the top priority of the PPSD. When the District receives a complaint related to student safety, we investigate immediately and take appropriate action to address any substantiated concerns. In those rare situations in which a staff member’s conduct creates or contributes to a dangerous situation, the District may take action to end the employment relationship.
In addition, we may make reports to the Minn. Department of Education as well as law enforcement. Unfortunately, data privacy laws often prohibit the District from sharing information about the actions it has taken. We love our students and we work tirelessly to protect and support them.”
The boy’s mother, Jodi, posted about the incident on her Facebook profile:
“From the start the teacher lied when she brought Easton in to the nurse, then the nurse lied to me about what happened when I went to pick Easton up. My poor child was sitting there in a chair alone, covered in blood, crying crocodile size tears. Can you imagine a 8 year old child being assaulted to that degree and then everyone around him lying about it. Easton was the only one telling the truth this whole time. He told me, “no mom the teacher threw the stick at ME, I didn’t do nothing” and until I seen the video for myself.”