Crime

April 3, 2014

Police report: Dreher High teacher slapped special needs student

A Richland District 1 teacher allegedly slapped a special needs student last month at Dreher High School “in an effort to get her attention.”

A Richland District 1 teacher allegedly slapped a special needs student last month at Dreher High School “in an effort to get her attention.”

The 18-year-old female student was hit on the head with an open hand on March 19 by the male teacher, according to a Coumbia Police Department incident report.

The incident took place in the classroom, after the teacher and student exchanged words, the report said.

The slap was “not with the intention of causing harm,” according the report.

Karen York, spokeswoman for Richland District 1, said the disrict was investigating the incident with the Columbia Police Department. She said the teacher was still employed by the district, but he has not been in the classroom since the incident.

The report was generated after the teen’s mother called police. She did not ask that charges be filed, however.

Jennifer Timmons with the Columbia Police Department said the investigation continues and an investigator has been assigned to the case.

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