By Aaron Edwards, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
A special needs teacher at a South Carolina Elementary School, Rosemary Mills, has been arrested and charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. She was reportedly witnessed by a parent of one of the other children, screaming and grabbing the child by the back of the neck and forcing the child down into a chair. She then allegedly told the boy to get up and put his book bag away, and then shoved him once he stood up. The parent reported the incident to the school, and Mills was placed on administrative leave. Nancy Britt, director of human resources for the school district, filed a police report sometime later.
Many of the parents of children presently and formerly in Ms. Mills’ class have come to her defense, extolling her virtues as a teacher, and questioning the motives of the unidentified parent who reported her alleged abuse of the child. No matter the outcome of the case, schools should be safe havens for special needs children; it is important for a child to know that school is a place for learning and nurturing rather than a place for violence, assault, battery or attack. Parents and school officials who suspect abuse have a responsibility to report it to the proper authorities so that a thorough investigation can take place.
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