Another Abusive School Employee Gets Slap on Wrist

Another Abusive School Employee Gets Slap on Wrist May 22, 2015

Here’s another example of a school employee, a nurse (the second such incident in the last few months involving a school nurse) horribly mistreating a student and getting nothing more than a slap on the wrist from the school. And there were multiple witnesses:

Students are accusing a school nurse of using profanity and a racial slur against a sixth-grader in the cafeteria.

In witness statements, six children and three adults described what happened after 11-year-old Jason Ezzard and another boy threw a bag of chips back and forth at Mundy’s Mill Middle School.

Citing privacy concerns, Clayton County will not release the surveillance video to Ezzard or 11Alive, but the witness statements paint the picture of a violent confrontation.

“Degrading. Very degrading,” said Jason’s mother, Tormeka Ezzard. “‘I’m going to [expletive] you up’ — you’re talking to an 11-year-old. ‘I’m going to your [expletive] lights out.’ You’re talking to an 11-year-old!”

According to the statements, school nurse Beverly Barnes approached Jason and started yelling. Written reports by the principal of the school say Barnes yelled expletives at him and used a racial slur before another teacher intervened.

So what did she get for that behavior? A two-day suspension.

After an investigation, Barnes was suspended for two days, but Jason’s mother said that’s not enough.

“She’s abused my child physically, mentally, and verbally, and no one will help me,” Tormeka Ezzard said.

That nurse should be fired immediately and should never, ever work with children again.

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