Osceola County teacher accused of abusing autistic student

Published On: Jul 18 2012 11:56:06 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 19 2012 12:00:30 AM EDT

An Osceola County Sheriff's Office report states that an elementary school teacher abused a 5-year-old boy with autism.


An Osceola County school teacher is accused of physically and verbally abusing a 5-year-old autistic boy in class.

Craig Hanson and Kristina Moreno said it happened to their son, Phoenix, last month at Narcoossee Elementary school in St. Cloud.

Local 6 is not naming the teacher because she hasn't been officially charged.

A spokesperson with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office said they filed child abuse charges and forwarded the case to the State Attorney's Office for review.

Moreno said they received a call from the office on Monday informing them that abuse charges will likely be filed this week.

According to the incident report, the teacher's aid came forward, saying she witnessed the teacher pull him up "roughly by the arms" and toss him to the ground, then grabbed his feet and "dragged him across the carpet" while verbally abusing him.

The aid also accused the teacher told other students to "kick or push Phoenix when he misbehaves."

A school district spokesperson said the teacher will be transferred to another school this coming school year while she is under investigation.

Watch Local 6 for more on this story.


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