Family claims substitute teacher assaulted first-grade Pontiac student

Posted at 10:17 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 08:52:44-04

A Pontiac family claims a substitute teacher picked up their 6-year-old daughter and slammed her to the ground.

Veronica Peoples says her daughter, Chloe, was hurt inside the classroom Friday at Pontiac Academy of Excellence. She claims her daughter was tapping the teacher, trying to get his attention, when he picked her up and threw her down.

Peoples says, " I would like for him to go to jail. I think it's that serious. I don't think he should ever be inside school ever again."

The school claims it was an accident, and the teacher was trying to put the student back in her seat. Photos show the bruises on her face. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office was called and the teacher was removed from the school immediately.

The first grader was taken to the hospital as a precaution, and checked out. Peoples went on to say, "It's hard. It hurt, hurt real bad."

The school released this statement:

Before noon on Friday, October 21, 2016, a first grade student was injured in Pontiac Academy for Excellence. While we regret that the injury happened, we feel thankful that it was non-life-threatening. Initial statements from the student and witnesses in the room corroborate that the injury was accidental. A substitute teacher was attempting to help the student into a seat when the eye of the student was injured against a desk.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene to investigate and a report was filed with Children's Protective Services by Pontiac Academy for Excellence. Investigations are ongoing.

The substitute teacher has been removed from the school, and the child is home for the day as well.

School policy was enacted immediately, which included an exam and treatment by the school nurse, and the child’s account of the incident was taken down by the elementary principal and the school social worker.

Pontiac Academy for Excellence wishes the student a speedy recovery from her unfortunate injury.