Tuesday, May 4, 2010

MD: Teacher's aide faces another abuse allegation

Excerpt from WTOP.com:

May 4, 2010
By Darci Marchese, wtop.com

OXON HILL, Md. - An Oxon Hill Middle School teacher's aide accused of assaulting a disabled child is facing another allegation of abuse.

Last month, the family of a mentally disabled 14-year-old boy said James Davis physically assaulted their son.

Now, attorney Bobby Henry says Davis also grabbed the arm of a girl with cerebral palsy in March.

The girl - who is also developmentally challenged - told Davis she needed to use the bathroom. After Davis told her she couldn't go, the girl approached a female teacher's aide, who gave her permission to leave.

When the girl tried to leave the classroom, Henry says Davis grabbed the girl's arm and, after an altercation, threw her to the floor.

Davis is the son of Oxon Hill Middle School Principal Sharif Salim.

Henry says Salim did not follow proper protocol in reporting the incident with the girl, as well as the alleged assault of the 14-year-old boy.

Henry wants a full investigation by the school board, as well as the state superintendent's office "to look into the treatment and the abuse of the young people who are attending Oxon Hill Middle School."


Davis is no longer working in the classroom. Salim has been placed on "personnel leave."

For more on this story, please click the following link: http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=1949511

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