Teacher accused of taping autistic student's eyebrow
WINTHROP, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police are investigating a Winthrop teacher who is accused of inappropriate behavior with autistic students.
A special needs teacher at the Cummings Elementary School is accused of assaulting and abusing two autistic students.
The Winthrop police affidavit says witnesses say the 26-year-old teacher put adhesive tape on a student’s eyebrow and then ripped it off while the student said "ouch.” The teacher allegedly took video of it.
The affidavit also states the teacher instructed other children in the classroom to stomp on the child’s feet... [because she] liked the way the child said "ouch.”
Witnesses also told police the teacher took a “photo of a child’s partially exposed buttocks,” according to the affidavit.
Police got a search warrant and took the teacher’s iPhone.
“Allegations of misconduct whether that misconduct will lead to criminal charges in the end is still undetermined. We’re still going through the evidence. Again, the teacher that’s in question has cooperated,” said Chief Terence DelEhanty of the Winthrop police department.
“My initial reaction I’m trying to contain. I’m very, very upset by it if these allegations are true. We don’t take this stuff lightly at all,” said Todd Sacco, a Winthrop school committee member.
Other parents of children at the school are horrified.
“It’s awful. I can’t imagine anyone doing that to a child -- special needs teacher or any teacher, any adult,” said Michelle D’Amelio, a parent.
“It’s pretty disturbing. You hope your kids are in school and they’re safe. It’s pretty said we have to keep hearing about these situations,” said Kellie Hellender, a parent.
Police, the school department and the district attorney are investigating this case.
Police did not release the teacher's name. The teacher is on administrative leave.