Metro Nashville Public Schools placed a teacher's aid at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into whether she hit a special needs child around December 20.
The child's mother said she was not notified about the incident until January 5.
“He was struck by a teacher who transports him to his regular first grade class and back and forth to lunch,” Khawanda Boyd said. “There is no telling how long she has been hitting on the kids.”
Metro schools did not release the name of the teacher's aid, citing privacy regulations.
However, district officials told Nashville's News 2 it is standard procedure to place employees on paid administrative leave as the school investigates the allegation.
“I had noticed some bruises on him,” Boyd said.
She continued, “But he is a boy and it just kind of went over my head.”
Boyd said the bruises were mostly on her seven-year-old son Jabari's arms.
According to Boyd, her son is developmentally delayed and possibly autistic. He also suffers from epilepsy.
His mother said he had not mention the incident in December to her. She learned of the allegations after her son returned to school following the winter break.
“His teacher asked me why I didn't tell her Jabari had been hit by one of his teachers,” she said. “I hadn't been aware of the situation and they said they had called me.”
Boyd said the school called her sister's phone number and left a voice message, but she did not receive the message.
She wants the teacher's aid to face criminal charges.
“These kids can not fend for themselves,” she said. “You really need to do some jail time for putting your hands on the kids.”
Boyd has a meeting with Churchwell officials set for Friday morning.