Child recants abuse claim that led to teacher assault

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In a Friday afternoon meeting between an elementary student, Truman Elementary staff and Hickman Mills School District administration, the student recanted his claim that a teacher had grabbed him and scratched him behind the neck. The student's initial claim led his mother to allegedly assault the teacher after-hours at the school on Thursday.

Police have since been investigating that teacher's allegations. According to the police report, the alleged victim said she was sitting in her classroom when the student's mother came in and wanted to talk about the treatment of her son.

The teacher told her to come back tomorrow, but she said the woman insisted they talk right then. The police report indicates the mother went to the principal's office and began a loud and disruptive conversation, according to the complaint.

When the principal also told the mother she needed to return the next day to discuss the situation more calmly, the mother ran out of the office and back to the teacher's classroom, where she yelled "You better not touch my kid again," according to the police report.

The teacher says the mother ran behind her desk and struck her in the face with an open fist five to ten times, holding the teacher's arm down by her side.

The mother is then accused of grabbing the teacher by her hair and picking her up out of the chair and twice striking her head against a file cabinet.

Then, according to the teacher, she ran out of the classroom and the school.

Police wrote in their report that the teacher had a bruise on her mid-right arm and some redness on her face.

The accused woman is 24-years old. She is scheduled to face charges for inflicting bodily injuries and appear in court on October 22.

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