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2 educators put on leave after ‘bumps’ found on student’s head

School district, sheriff's office investigating incident at Heritage

A teacher and paraprofessional at Heritage Elementary were placed on administrative leave after bumps were found on a special needs student's head.
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A teacher and paraprofessional at Heritage Elementary were placed on administrative leave after bumps were found on a special needs student's head.

Two Bibb County educators have been put on administrative leave after bumps were found on a special-needs student’s head.

The mother of the 7-year-old boy notified Heritage Elementary administrators about the injuries Nov. 8. The male teacher assigned to the classroom was placed on leave with pay, and the paraprofessional was put on leave without pay, said Stephanie Hartley, the district’s communications director.

“The purpose of the administrative leave is to give us time and space so that we’re able to evaluate,” Superintendent Curtis Jones said.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and is investigating the incident, and the Division of Family and Children Services has also been notified, according to the district.

The school’s principal and a district investigator will look for witnesses and review camera footage if it’s available to determine exactly what happened, Jones said. The human resources department will also look into the matter to see if any ethics rules were violated or if there are concerns with the personnel system.

“I am not able to go into further details about this incident, but I want to assure you that the safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance,” principal Jennifer Askew said in a letter sent to parents Wednesday. “Please know the expectation is that our school will be a safe and secure environment for all.”

Andrea Honaker: 478-744-4382, @TelegraphAndrea

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