Maury Co. Student Claims Teacher Hurt Her

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-26 22:17:53-05

A Maury County parent has filed a complaint with an elementary school after her child came home with scratches and marks on her arm.

Pre-k student, 4-year-old Kydria was at home Tuesday keeping busy with games on her mother's smart phone.

Before last week she was a student at Joseph Brown Elementary School, but an incident last Tuesday has her mother, Roneka Kennedy, second guessing that decision.

"I feel like they didn't handle my child right," Kennedy said. 

Kydria is hearing impaired. Last Tuesday Kennedy said her special education teacher asked her to pick up her daughter because she was misbehaving. However, once in the vehicle Kydria had a few things to say as well.

"We got half way down the street and she said, 'mamma, this is what the teacher did to me,'" explained Kennedy. 

Kennedy found Kydria's arms and torso were covered in scratches and bruises. "She said, 'mommy, she took me in her room. I didn't want to go in her room and she scratched me and held my arms tight,'" said Kennedy.

Recalling her daughter's claims brought tears to her eyes. "I broke down. I asked her who done it to her? She told me that teacher, then I asked her, what teacher," Kennedy explained. 

She immediately went back to the school to file a complaint. "I told them they needed to do something about this and they better do something about it now. If it was me doing it to my child, DCS would be called on me," said Kennedy. 

News Channel 5 contacted the Maury County School System about the incident. Through an email, the school system spokesperson said there was an incident being looked into by the district and school resource officers, but they could not release any information regarding a "pending review".

Meanwhile, Kennedy wants action. "I am coming forward because my child did not deserve to be treated like this in school," said Kennedy.