Former Substitute Teacher: 'Those Kids Were Abused'
by Chris Conte
CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. - A former substitute teacher in Cheatham County is speaking out over what he is calling a cover up of possible abuse involving special education students at Sycamore High School.
"I know it's not the popular thing to do to be a whistle blower, however these children can't speak for themselves," said Rob Brown who was let go by the district back in August.
Brown said he was filling in for a life skills teacher in August when he witnessed another teachers aide violently shake the head of a special education student, then he said he saw the same teacher push a different student.
"It was a violent shake back and forth and to the side and it was dangerous. In my opinion it was questionable abuse," he added.
Brown and another former teacher's aide have spoken out to NewsChannel 5 over their terminations by the district. Both said they believe they were terminated for speaking out against the Cheatham County School District.
"If you're going to do something in plain view where people can see you, what are you going to do behind closed doors when they (the students) do something to aggravate you? It's a scary thought that someone like this is taking care of these children that can't talk, they can't speak, they can't express what's going on," Brown added.
NewsChannel 5 contacted the teacher's aide in question, he said he did nothing wrong and welcomes a Department Of Children's Services investigation because he believes it will clear his name.
NewsChannel 5 also made multiple attempts to contact Cheatham County Chief Academic Officer Sharon Kinnard about the alleged abuse. Our phone calls were not returned and our in person attempt at getting some answer at her office were ignored.
Both the Pleasant View Police and Department of Child Services are investigating the alleged abuse.