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Aldine ISD teacher and assistant charged with alleged abuse of 6-year-old elementary school student Raymond with autism

ALDINE, Texas (KTRK) – Two Aldine ISD educators have been charged after an autistic first grader was allegedly physically injured in the classroom.

Britnee Vaughn, a teacher of special needs children, and teaching assistant Maria Gonzalez-Valencia are both charged with injuring a child.

In a statement released Tuesday, Aldine ISD said both educators are no longer employed by the district.

The video above is from a previous report.

In an interview last week, the 6-year-old’s parents, Pablo Reyna and Angelica Frias, said they noticed their son would be returning from Raymond Elementary School with random scratches, bruises and bumps on his head.

“Whether he was okay or not,” Reyna said, “I thought he might have been playing or something. You never know, he hit his head or something. I mean he’s a kid but like I said it was never in there we think the teacher abused him like that.”

Frias said several what appeared to be minor injuries had occurred over the months, and both parents questioned their student’s teacher about them.

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“It’s heartbreaking because he can’t speak,” Frias said. “He has autism, and he doesn’t speak, and he couldn’t tell me what was going on.”

She said her request eventually reached Raymond Elementary School’s administrative staff and an investigation was launched.

The school’s principal, Tannessa Maddox, reportedly received video from the classroom after parents complained.

Court records list several instances where students have allegedly been physically abused in their classroom.

The first incident covered by the court documents occurred on March 24.

Witnesses to the video state that Gonzalez-Valencia was seen hitting the boy on the forehead with an unknown object after touching an object on her desk.

After the boy was hit, video reportedly shows the 6-year-old placing his hands on his head at the same spot of the blow, suggesting he felt pain as a result.

After he allegedly hit the boy, the teacher’s assistant can be heard urging the boy to move, court records say.

On March 25, video allegedly shows Vaughn walking up to the boy who is spinning on the floor and kicking him, causing him to slide across the floor.

In a separate April 4 incident, court records allege that Vaughn physically injured another child in addition to the 6-year-old, who has autism.

Witnesses claim that the class video shows the boys and the other students playing on the floor.

Vaughn is then seen walking over to the boy and grabbing the back of his shirt around the neck area, pulling him off the floor and setting him to his feet.

She then reportedly pushes him towards his desk, causing him to fall to the ground.

Witnesses to the video said as the boy got up and sat down at his desk, he started rubbing the back of his neck with his hands.

Afterward, the video reportedly shows Vaughn walking over to the other student and grabbing his ear until he gets off the floor.

The student reportedly screamed in response, prompting Vaughn to let go. She then allegedly told him not to scream again or she would take his pill.

As the student attempted to sit down at his desk, he was reportedly clutching his ear in pain.

Aldine ISD issued an updated statement on the investigation on Tuesday:

“Aldine ISD is aware of an incident at Raymond Elementary School where a teacher and paraprofessional had inappropriate physical contact with two special needs students. After the school was made aware of this incident, CPS and Aldine ISD PD were immediately contacted and an investigation was launched. The Aldine ISD PD submitted their findings to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and both individuals were charged. Both people are no longer employed by Aldine ISD.

This incident is deeply concerning and should not have happened. The district trains teachers and paraprofessionals in nonviolent crisis intervention techniques at the beginning of each school year and will increase this training throughout the rest of the year. Aldine ISD expects all employees to behave in a manner that shows reasonable consideration for others and will not tolerate behavior that compromises the safety and emotional well-being of students 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 create safe, healthy and nurturing learning environments in our schools to support academic achievement, respect and engagement.”

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