HALLS (WATE) – A mother of a special needs student at Halls Middle School said she believes her son was involved in an incident with a teaching assistant that led to an investigation and spoke exclusively to 6 News.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children’s Services said there is an ongoing investigation but could not comment further.
Samantha, whose last name 6 News is withholding, said her 12-year-old son was victimized by a teaching assistant that has since resigned at the school.
“There was an incident in gym and she had grabbed him, chased him down and was screaming in his face,” Samantha said. “It’s wrong she’s done this to a child that cannot defend himself.”
Samantha said her son is mentally challenged.
“Physically, he’s 12 years old,” Samantha said. “He’ll be 13, but his mind capability is that of a child, like maybe a seven- or eight-year-old.”
Samantha said her son always used to love going to school until the incident with the teaching assistant.
“He fights and says ‘I don’t want to go, I don’t want to go. She’s mean to me,’” Samantha said. “It hurts that he has to go through this.”
Knox County Schools has confirmed the teaching assistant that Samantha believes was involved in an incident with her son has resigned, but KCS is not confirming whether it’s in connection with the investigation.
DCS said the special investigation unit is aware of a situation that happened at the school and they are looking into it but could not comment further.
Samantha said she’s hoping the investigation leads to criminal charges against the teaching assistant.
“He has a hard life as it is living day to day with the conditions he already has and then to go to school and get mistreated by somebody that’s supposed to be there to help him? I can just imagine how he’s feeling,” Samantha said.
The teaching assistant that resigned from Halls Middle School has not been criminally charged and therefore 6 News is not releasing her name.