Student says school aide left him with bloody eye

November 4th, 2010 by Staff

TAMPA – She gasped when she saw her son, who had just come home from school.

He had bloodshot eyes and blood dripping down his cheek, staining his shirt, she said.

Abdullah Fisher told his mother that a school employee hurt him while he was being restrained.

Deborah Williams took her son to the emergency room and filed an incident report with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Her son suffered a subconjunctival hemorrhage, which causes blood to leak from a broken vessel in the eyes. He also sustained an acute cervical strain.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the incident that occurred Oct. 28 at Dorothy Thomas School, an alternative school in Tampa.

An exceptional-student education aide at the school has been placed on paid administrative duty and will not have contact with students while the case is investigated. The move is standard procedure, said Linda Cobbe, a school district spokeswoman.

Fisher, who has a learning disability, reportedly pushed a teacher’s papers off a desk. He then refused to be placed in a timeout room.

The aide allegedly picked him up and slammed him, according to Fisher, 14, an eighth-grader. Williams said her son also was stomped.

“That’s not the way to treat a child,” Williams said. “Even if you have a dysfunctional problem, there’s ways to go about it.”

Cobbe said that when Fisher left school there were no visible injuries.

The aide has worked at the school for two years. He is trained to assist in restraining out-of-control students, Cobbe said.

“People who don’t have children who have disabilities where they can’t control their anger and where they act out really have no idea what some of our schools have to deal with,” Cobbe said.


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