Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Teacher's aide at a special needs school arrested on child abuse charges

By Jessica Janner

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A teacher's aide at Variety School in Las Vegas was arrested on Tuesday on child abuse charges after school district police obtained surveillance video of the alleged acts.

The teacher's aide has been identified as 28-year-old Lachelle James. James has worked directly with special needs children, at Variety School, for more than seven years.

She was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on five counts of felony child abuse charges and one count of battery.

According to the arrest report, James hurt an 11-year-old student by "dragging him to the floor and using physical force to restrain him." In the report, she is also accused of battery against another student by "pushing him twice" and "grabbing him by the face and pinning him to rolling wardrobe cabinets."

Surveillance video was obtained by Clark County School District Police. The alleged crimes occurred on March 6 according to police paperwork.

The Clark County School District said a school police investigation led to the arrest of the teacher's aide. The superintendent ordered her suspended without pay and she will be terminated upon approval of an arbitrator.

"Our community should be assured that the district will not tolerate this behavior by any employee and that our police department will work swiftly on this case," a spokersperon with the district said.



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