GREENSBURG — The Recovery School District is investigating an incident in which a student accused a teacher of attacking her, a district spokeswoman confirmed Monday.
“We are investigating the alleged incident at St. Helena Middle School,” Tammy Barney, the spokeswoman, said in an email to The Advocate. “Any action taken is pending the outcome of that investigation.”
The teacher, who was not named by the RSD, is accused of slamming a fifth-grade student’s foot in a door several times, said Jessica Travis, the student’s mother.
The incident — which happened Thursday — was witnessed by several students and another teacher, Travis said.
The teacher accused in the incident was at school Friday, Travis said.
Her daughter was sent to the school nurse and eventually taken to a doctor, Travis said.
The child was diagnosed with a minor fracture and severe bruising, and she will have to see a foot specialist Friday, Travis said.
Travis said she filed complaints with both the Sheriff’s Office and Recovery School District Deputy Superintendent Amy Westbrook.
“Please know that the incident you captioned in your message is being thoroughly investigated,” Westbrook wrote to Travis in an email.
“The RSD will address any substantiated issues regarding personnel in a confidential manner per our current policies and guidelines,” Westbrook wrote.
Westbrook is the former superintendent of the St. Helena Parish school system.
The St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office did receive a complaint, said Michael Martin, chief of operations.
“We made sure the parent took the baby to the doctor,” Martin said.
The school resource officer reported the incident, and the investigation is ongoing, Martin said.
Travis said she retained an attorney.
St. Helena’s lone middle school has been under state control since 2010 after four years of low performance.