Fargo mom says a teacher punched and kicked her son at school

Published: Feb. 19, 2019 at 8:25 PM CST
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A Fargo mother says her nine-year-old son, who has special needs, was attacked by his adult teacher at Washington Elementary.

"She slammed him against the wall. And then he punched her, she punched him back. He kicked her, and she kicked him back. After that, he laid on the floor crying."

The mom wants to remain anonymous, but said she wants to share the story with hopes that things will change.

According to the mom, "I was – oh my goodness – so extremely disgusted. I expected that it's their job to keep him safe as if he's their own child."

But she says that's not what happened at Washington Elementary.

"I did see the video of what happened. When he pushed her, he immediately ran away…And then she followed him. And it did look like she kind of pulled his jacket, kind of yoked him up and pushed him against the wall. And then you can see legs moving. And it doesn't really look like she was defending herself, it looked more like she was kicking him. So it does look like she did physically abuse him."

And while her son was physical with his teacher as well, the mother says the teacher had other options and as the adult, she should have used them.

"I do understand teachers need to protect themselves too, but in this case I don't feel like she was protecting herself. I feel like she could have taken a step back, the para was there. She could've called for assistance. There are other avenues she could have gone."

The mother told Valley News Live that the teacher is now on administrative leave and an investigation is underway. However, the mom says that's not enough.

"I want training, and possibly charges filed against her."

"If I would have done this, CPS and the police would have been on my doorstep immediately. My kids would've been taken from me and I'd be in a jail cell right now."

Fargo Public Schools tells Valley News Live that an investigation is ongoing.