Five employees of a school in suburban Indianapolis have been charged in connection with an incident in which a disabled 7-year-old student was forced to eat his own vomit, local prosecutors said. Two of the defendants were directly involved, the others did not report the matter to the school authorities, although they knew about it.
The incident happened in February, during a lunch break at an elementary school in suburban Indianapolis. USA Today reports, citing police findings, that the accused teacher told a 7-year-old student choking on food that if he vomited, he would have to eat the vomit. When the student vomited on the tray provided to him, another caregiver, who is also accused, gave him a spoon with which he was supposed to put the vomit back into his mouth. From the recording that investigators saw, it appears that the child ate some of his vomit and cleaned up the rest using a paper towel. – Watching the video, at first you don’t believe what you see and you are shocked. Then you feel anger and indignation. Then you don’t believe it again. This child’s parents did not want to watch the video, which is completely understandable,” said Captain Jennifer Barrett of the local police station.
WRTV reports that a 7-year-old, who was the victim of violence by teaching staff, attends school as part of a program supporting children with intellectual disabilities.
Indiana. Charges against five people
As we read in the USA Today article, the school authorities did not learn about the incident until April 12. Then the five employees of the facility involved in it were immediately removed from contact with students and sent on forced leave. On April 26, the Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office announced that all five had been charged. In addition to those who forced the child to eat the vomit, another teacher, another caregiver and a behaviorist were also accused. They were not to report the incident even though they knew about it. “We are deeply saddened by the actions of our staff. We will cooperate with our local law enforcement agencies who are investigating criminal allegations,” a school official said in a statement.
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