Aldine ISD teacher and aide accused of abusing 6-year-old Raymond Elementary student with special needs for several months

ALDINE, Texas (KTRK) – A first-grade student with autism was allegedly physically injured by an Aldine ISD teacher and teaching assistant.

The 6-year-old’s parents, Pablo Reyna and Angelica Frias, said they noticed their son would return from school with random scratches, bruises and bumps on his head.

“Whether he was okay or not,” Reyna said, “I thought he might have played or something. You never know, he bumped his head or something. I mean, he’s a kid, but like I said, it was never in our opinion that the teacher was violent towards him in that way. “

Frias said what appeared to be minor injuries happened several times over the course of months, and both parents asked their student’s teacher about it.

“It’s heartbreaking because he’s unable to speak,” Frias said. “He has autism and he does not speak and he is not able to tell me what was going on.”

She said their request finally came to Raymond Elementary School’s administration staff, and an investigation was launched.

Reyna’s parents told ABC13 that school staff allowed the parents to review three videos from alleged incidents that occurred in January and April that involved first-class specialties and paraprofessionals.

“It shows her sitting at the desk,” Reyna said, recalling a video allegedly involving the paraprofessional. “Pablo (Jr.) near her with some headphones, and then he reaches for something on the desk, and she hits him in the face with an object. I did not see the object. I just saw the hand, did not? But The principal said he saw the object in her hand. “

A spokeswoman for Aldine ISD told ABC13 on Thursday that the videos in question could not be released due to a police investigation. The district revealed in a statement:

“Aldine ISD is aware of an incident at Raymond Elementary School where a teacher and a paraprofessional made inappropriate physical contact with a student with special needs. When the school was made aware of this incident, CPS and Aldine ISD PD were immediately contacted and an investigation Prosecution is pending against both individuals, according to a Harris County District Attorney’s Office report. The teacher has been removed from the classroom and the paraprofessional has withdrawn from the district.

This incident is deeply worrying and should not have taken place. The district trains teachers and para-professionals in non-violent crisis intervention techniques at the beginning of each school year and will strengthen this training for the remainder of this year. Aldine ISD expects all staff to behave in a manner that demonstrates due respect for others and does not tolerate behaviors that violate the safety and emotional well-being of any student or staff. In addition, the district will use its resources to protect its students and staff.

Aldine ISD leaders will continue to work together to find solutions that provide a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment in our schools to support academic achievement, respectful interaction and commitment. “

Reyna’s parents said they need legal representation as they continue to fight to be the voice of their son. The parents told ABC13 on Thursday that they just want the two educators to be held accountable.

“If it had been taken care of earlier,” Reyna said. “He would not go through all this, right? Continued abuse, you might say.”

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