Washington County VA

Angry parents claim teacher abused students

Parents claim teacher abuse

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - Some parents are speaking out about concerns over possible abuse by a teacher.

It involves a former Jonesborough Middle School teacher but the school system says the issue has already been handled and the teacher cleared, but the families are not satisfied.

The families we've spoken to say the students involved have not been questioned by the authorities.

And they feel somebody dropped the ball when it comes to the safety of their children.

News 5 spoke to District Attorney Tony Clark today and he says his office has met with family members and they are looking at possible charges, but that's all they can say about the allegations at the point.

Meanwhile, school leaders are defending their actions. "I can say that his allegations have been reported as required by law and investigated by the appropriate authorities as required by law and no wrongdoing has been found," said Washington County, Tennessee Director of Schools Ron Dykes.

Washington County, Tennessee Director of Schools Ron Dykes reacts Tuesday night after an angry father confronts him.

Daniel Stiel claims his child suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of a special education teacher who is no longer working at the school. "We need to find out who's responsible and those responsible need to be dealt with accordingly," said Stiel.

Another parent, who was not permitted to speak at the meeting because her name was not on the agenda, filed a police report last October claiming that the same teacher hit and pushed her son.

Stiel feels these allegations of unacceptable conduct have not been properly investigated.

But Dykes disagrees. "His allegations have been thoroughly investigated based upon the facts the school system has been advised not to specifically respond to Mr. Stiels allegations however the school system has responded appropriately as required by law and will continue to do so," said Dykes.

We spoke with concerned mother Jean Abueida, who just filed a police report with the Washington County Sheriff's Office Wednesday afternoon.

This after Stiel and a teacher's assistant told her about an alleged incident from September, both thought she'd been notified long ago. "So I didn't know any of this was going on," said Abueida.

Abueida's son has Asperger's -- an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She says he was reluctant to talk about the incident at first but then told her the teacher had put his hands around his throat and pushed him down.

"He was very intimidated by the man," said Abueida. "And when I asked him, 'Why didn't you tell me that it happened? And he said because he freaked me out.' So he was very scared of the man.

We have not named the teacher at this point because no charges have been filed. We can tell you that he was suspended in October while the school system and law enforcement looked into Daniel Stiel's claims.

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