Teacher Faces Charges For Use Of Body Sock On Autistic Boy

Monday July 1, 2013 4:23 PM
Reposted from a story online By Tanisha Mallett

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A South Mifflin Elementary School teacher, accused of hurting an autistic boy, has now been charged with endangering children.

After the February incident, Columbus City Schools gave the teacher a five day suspension and a written reprimand.

The boy’s parents say they were angry when the teacher went back to work.

Now that she has been charged, they say perhaps their son will get the justice he deserves.

Amatullah Shields says every time she thinks about what her 10-year-old son, Naquis, has gone through she gets angry all over again.

“I don’t see her getting into any trouble. The worst that has happened to her is public humiliation,” said Amatullah Shields

Shields says her son, who is autistic, was hurt after South Mifflin Elementary School teacher, Courtney Plummer, placed him in a therapeutic body sock.

It’s a stretchy sack often used for children who have sensory issues.

Her son was placed in the sock, with his coat and book bag. He lost his balance and fell over.

It’s a form of therapy, Shields said, the school knew she did not want for her child.

“She violated protocols that were put in place for a special needs child, as a special needs teacher, but I am glad the officer saw that this was not an accident, said Shields

But she says the school district has yet to see it that way.

“We were basically told that they thought their ruling was fair, and I expressed my concerns that I thought it was unfair – because children services, and the police department, saw something different than what they were telling me.”

10TV obtained a copy of the letter written by a Franklin County Children’s Services Supervisor.

The agency substantiated claims that Naquis was neglected by Courtney Plummer.

That letter was dated March 26, 2013

Plummer returned to work on April 10, 2013.

“Now that she has been criminally charged, maybe they will step up,” says Shields

Columbus City Schools says if school were in session, Plummer would be put on paid leave until the conclusion of the case.

Since she is on break for the summer, there is no action they can take at this time.

Plummer has a court appearance scheduled for later this month.

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

2 thoughts on “Teacher Faces Charges For Use Of Body Sock On Autistic Boy”

    1. No she wasn’t just doing her job, as a parent of a child who was in the autism/aspergers spectrum I understand this case. When the child was enrolled the different treatments were explained and the parents mae it clear in writing the sock was never to be used on their child. But it was not just the use of it he was put in their with a back pack and other foreign objects and then he was injured when the sock he was never allowed to be in made him stumble over an object and he was injured, but then she tried to cover it up it was the injury caused by him being in the sock which was a brreach of the parent teacher contract so anything thing after putting hi in it made her seriously at fault.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s