ISSN 2327-3666

February 19, 2019

3 Special ED Teachers Get Paid Vacation for Abusing Children

Radical Critique | News | RC Editors

Elementary school teachers in Berkeley County, West Virginia earned a paid vacation after a recording device caught them verbally abusing and threatening special needs students in their care.

The teachers in question, Christina Lester, June Yurish and Kristin Douty were recorded by a small device hidden by a parent in her daughter's hair at Berkeley Heights Elementary School. In the recording teachers can be heard demeaning, teasing, verbally abusing and threatening psychical violence against helpless students.

After  being confronted by the recording officials at Berkeley Heights Elementary, including principal Amber Boeckmann, decided to hide the abuse until exposed on local and national news. Following the exposé school officials then placed all three teachers on "paid administrative leave."

Now a civil complaint has been filed in circuit court alleging three adults verbally assaulted two nonverbal autistic children. The complaint seeks a $5,000 penalty for each violation and attempts to block the teachers from holding any position where they supervise or provide care for children. 

An investigation by the state's Attorney General’s is ongoing.