Allegations of abuse toward special needs students at a Nassau County school

Allegations of abuse toward special needs students at a Nassau County school

YULEE,Fla.—The Department of Children and Families is investigating alleged verbal and physical abuse involving special needs students in Nassau County.

"These kids don't have a voice, the only voice they have is the aid that came forward,” said James Young.

Young and Stephanie Jervis are parents and say their two daughters and others are being physically and verbally abused.

"It makes you angry. Typical kid or special needs kid. It is not right, it should not be going on anywhere,” says Jervis.

"From what I've heard, my kid is not even getting the worst of it,” says Young.

The alleged incidents happened earlier this school year at Yulee Primary School.

"My daughter's behavior has definitely changed since school started. I thought it was just a transition from summer to school,” says Jervis.

Both Young and Jervis' daughters have Down syndrome.

But they says some of the other students are non-verbal students.

They say a now former teacher aid saw all the incidents and documented them.

"I hear my daughter's homework is being thrown on the floor and making her pick it up like a dog, saying these kids are retarded in front of the kids," says Young. "The aid admits to this and the eyewitness says these kids are being hit, she sees this every day."

The Department of Children and Families is now investigating.

The former aid didn't come forward earlier in the year out of fear they might lose their job according to these parents.

Young says investigators initially spoke with the children without their parents present.

In follow up interviews he says they were told no marks were found on the children, making it difficult to bring charges.


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