CHICAGO, IL (WCMH) — A Chicago parent is speaking out after she says her son was abused by a charter school employee.
Monice Guess says her 12-year-old special needs son Rashawn was at Foundations College Prep, a charter school in the Chicago Public School District, when a teacher’s aide attacked him.
“She grabbed him by the neck, threw him against some steel lockers that’s in the classroom and threw him down to the ground and she slapped him a few times,” Guess told WBBM.
An incident report from the school says that the aide and Rashawn argued with one another following a verbal altercation between Rashawn and another student. The report says that the aid told Rashawn to leave the room, but he refused. Witnesses say that the aide then tried to knock Rashawn to the ground and the 12-year-old fought back.
“He did tell me after she attacked him he picked up a chair,” Guess said. “But any dog would bite back.”
When asked how she would describe her son, Guess said that he was hyperactive and moody at times, but that shouldn’t excuse what happened. Guess has filed a police report and thinks the teacher’s aid should be arrested.
“And to know that someone physically attacked my son — it’s very traumatic to him, traumatic to me and my family,” Guess added.
Foundations College Prep told NBC4 that the teacher’s aide is no longer employed at the school. They also released the following statement:
We expect our staff members to hold protecting students’ safety and well-being as their utmost priority. As such, when a staff member engaged aggressively with a 7th grade student earlier this month, we acted immediately to address the incident in question. We immediately notified the parent, proactively reached out to Chicago Public Schools for guidance, and launched a thorough investigation. This investigation led to the determination that, while witness accounts differ from the mother’s characterization of the incident, the staff member’s behavior was unacceptable.
We are thankful that the Guess family has been willing to work through this with us and that they continue to entrust us with the well-being of their two boys.”