Tuesday, October 20, 2009

MT: Rep Wilson calls for MT AG to investigate GFPS abuse charges

Posted October 20, 2009 04:23 pm

Update October 20, 2009 10:04 pm

Bill Wilson, a Great Falls representative in the Montana Legislature, is calling for Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock to conduct an independent investigation into potential child abuse in the Great Falls School District.

Julie Parish, a former teacher's aide at North Middle School, appeared in court on Monday to face a charge of assaulting a 13-year-old autistic student at North Middle School (click here to read full story; click herefor video and interviews).

Witnesses say Julie Ann Parish and another aide, Kristina Marie Kallies, abused the autistic child over several months during the 2008-2009 school year.

Prosecutors charge that the abuse ranged from a "water boarding"-like technique to making the child eat his own vomit and making him sit for long periods in his soiled underwear. Several other families have come forward with similar concerns of possible abuse.

The situation has prompted Wilson to ask for the Attorney General to get involved. Wilson told KRTV, "If the abuse is - as has been alleged - more widespread, we need a more independent agency to investigate what has been possibly going on. This is a very good school district and what makes the Attorney General's office relevant is, if it can happen here it can happen anywhere in the state, and we need to get on top of that possibility and get to the bottom on what's going on here."

The Great Falls School District says it did a thorough investigation, and calls any form of mistreatment of students unacceptable.

The prosecutor's office says the other claims of abuse are being investigated.

Parish and Kallies, when interviewed by detectives,

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