3 school employees charged with abuse of autistic student

STANFORD, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) – Court documents show that three Kentucky school employees have been charged with criminal abuse involving a special-needs student.

The report says the incident occurred Jan. 3 at Lincoln County High School in a special education class.

A criminal summons for teacher Rebecca Spurlock said teacher’s aide Janie Hasty punched the student, who is autistic and non-verbal. Officials say Hasty and another aide, Teresa Sparkman, then twisted the student’s arm, pulled him off the floor and shoved him. The documents say Spurlock did nothing to intervene.

A statement from Lincoln County Superintendent Michael Rowe says an investigation is ongoing. He says the district won’t tolerate inappropriate contact between adults and students.

A statement from the school district also says “Janie Hasty (Instructional Assistant) and Teresa Sparkman (Instructional Assistant) have been terminated from their positions with the Lincoln County School District effective immediately.

 Additionally, Rebecca Spurlock (Teacher) has been reassigned to a position at the Student Support Center for the remainder of the school year effective immediately.”

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the women have attorneys.

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