A SPECIAL needs child was allegedly forced to sit in his his own faeces for two hours by a special education teacher who reportedly wanted to prove a point.
The schoolboy soiled his pants at Frey Elementary School in Georgia, according to an arrest warrant which revealed disturbing allegations about his teacher’s reaction.
Kelly Lewis from Acworth, Georgia, made the “five-year-old special needs child who had soiled (defecated) his pants, to remain uncleaned for approximately two hours.”
It outlined how Lewis doled out the humiliating punishment to the little boy, saying she was “going to prove a point” by having said child remain in his soiled clothing.
Lewis was allegedly trying “to teach him a lesson about restroom habits” by forcing the little boy to stay in his soiled underwear, causing him excessive pain, physically and mentally.
A witness told County authorities the “child did suffer redness and irritation to his buttocks as well as mental pain as a result of the teachers actions.”
Lewis was accused of Cruelty to a Child in the Second Degree, according to the document.
She was not to return to the school and is to have no contact with the child, according to the $5,000 bond order.
Lewis was also ordered not to initiative contact with children under the age of 16, or linger where they are present under the bond’s terms.
Cobb County jail records show she was booked on December 4 and was released that same day.
Stacey Ramirez, State Director of The Arc of Georgia – a non profit focussed on people with mental and intellectual disabilities – has spoken out about the troubling incident.
[She] acted with intent when she said that she was ‘going to prove a point’ by having said child remain in this soiled clothing
Cobb County School Police arrest warrant
Ramirez told The Sun Online that her middle child, Ryan, 25, has autism and came up through the Cobb County school system.
Stacey acknowledged that although some of the teachers are “rock stars” there, her son is “still is fighting the demons of the demeaning and sometimes demoralizing experiences” he had.
She said: “As a mom, [this story] put me in that place and my point is this isn’t over … just because [the teacher] had some action taken, it’s not over for that family.
“It’s my hopes that they work through the anger now but then work to heal going forward so that when their son is 25 he won’t be still reliving the injustice of what’s been done.
“I assume there will be long term consequences and emotional scarring that will stay with this child and the family.”
Stacey also highlighted the other children in the classroom who would have witnessed the alleged incident.
“They’re innocent bystanders that I can only assume had to endure … sitting in a space where someone was treated so [badly].”
A Cobb County School District spokesperson told The Sun Online they were aware of the incident.
“We recently learned that a staff member may not have provided the high level of care for a student that Cobb Schools requires,” she said.
“Parents have been notified, and this staff member is out on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.”
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“Due to state and federal privacy laws, including FERPA, we are unable to provide more specific detail,” the district spokesperson added.
The representative said that “Cobb is committed to ensuring that our students have a safe and supportive environment so they can achieve success.”
Frey Elementary School declined to comment when The Sun reached out to them on Tuesday afternoon.