Substitute Teacher Accused of Biting 6-Year-Old Autistic Boy

November 5th, 2010 by Staff

Source: NBC Miami — This teacher bites.
A substitute teacher at a West Palm Beach elementary school who lost his cool in the classroom and bit a 6-year-old autistic boy on the arm on his first day is being investigated by police, school officials said Wednesday.
The biting incident happened at Belvedere Elementary and was witnessed by two other teachers, according to WPTV. The teachers who witnessed the attack told the principal, who escorted the sub out of the building.
“This is upsetting to us, this is the first time this particular substitute has worked in this school, and I believe in this district,” said Nat Harrington, Public Information Officer with Palm Beach County Schools.

Officials didn’t say what provoked the biting and haven’t identified the substitute, only that he was filling in for a speech teacher in a special needs classroom.
“We do have enough evidence to indicate that there was inappropriate behavior on the part of a substitute teacher,” said Harrington. “There is a police investigation, and there’s also an employee investigation, those have just been launched.”
The principal said when he told the sub he’d never teach there again, the man replied “You don’t need to pay me for today, you’ll never see me again.”
The mother of the autistic boy said her son is scared and won’t be returning to the school. Harrington said the substitute is still being questioned by authorities.
“We are dismissing this person and he won’t have any future employment with the school district,” Harrington said.

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