Two Indiana school teachers have been accused of forcing a 7-year-old special education student to eat his own vomit, according to police.
Reprehensible accusations have come to light against two educators at the Brown Elementary School in Brownsburg, Indiana. The two educators with the Brownsburg Community School Corp. are accused of abusing a 7-year-old during class.
On April 20, the Brownsburg Police Department said its detectives found evidence of abuse of a 7-year-old male attending the Brown Elementary School in its Life Skills program.
Brown Elementary Life Skills Teacher Sara Seymour, 27, and Brown Elementary Life Skills Instructional Aide Debra Kanipe, 63, were each charged with neglect – a Level 6 felony – and failure to report – a Class B misdemeanor.
"The Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office filed criminal charges against five staff members in connection with an incident in which a special education student was mistreated during lunch," WGN-TV reported. "Brownsburg Community School Police learned about the incident on April 12, although it occurred during a lunch period in February, according to the investigation."
In February, the teachers allegedly asked a special education student to eat his own vomit with a spoon with other children present, according to authorities. The teacher allegedly told the student that if he needed to vomit that he would need to eat whatever he puked. The child vomited on a tray provided by the second teacher, and the aide charged with neglect then gave the child a spoon, according to police.
WMTV reported, "The boy ate some of the vomit, then used paper towels to clean up what remained, police said."
The Brownsburg Community School Corp. said it removed five staffers from contact with students and placed them on administrative leave. Seymour and Kanipe were reportedly fired.
Superintendent Jim Snapp said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened by the actions of these staff members and will work in conjunction with our local law enforcement as they move forward with possible criminal charges."
The Brown Elementary School District noted, "BCSC has been notified that these two staff members will be charged by the Hendrick County Prosecutor. Two other staff members are also being charged for their roles in failing to report the incident. More details are forthcoming from the Brownsburg Police Department (BPD)."
The Brownsburg Police Department said in a statement, "As BPD releases more information about this incident, please know that the BCSC family will continue to be steadfast in our commitment to Brownsburg students, their safety, and their well-being."
The police said on Wednesday, "Ultimately, the termination process for Seymour and Kanipe was initiated while the others remain on administrative leave pending the BCSC School Board rulings."
The Brownsburg Community School Corporation said in a statement, "This horrendous action is not in line with the character of staff and teachers at Brownsburg Schools. The shocking actions of a few does not define the care and concern that Brownsburg teachers and staff show every day."
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