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Special education teacher faces allegations of abuse in the classroom

Clancey Patterson (Source: SCSO) Clancey Patterson (Source: SCSO)

(WMC-TV) - A Bartlett special education teacher is facing accusations that she abused children in her classroom at Bon Lin Elementary School.

In April, complaints began surfacing about how Clancey Patterson was reportedly treating kids in her class.

One mother was called to the school at the beginning of April and informed of allegations of abuse regarding her 3-year-old son's teacher. The mother said it wasn't until five days later that she learned her son was the victim in the alleged abuse.

According to a police report, teaching assistants in Patterson's class told officials that they watched as she slammed "the victim onto the ground on his bottom causing him to scream and cry". They also said the boy was "slammed so hard that one of his shoes came off of his foot". The reports also mention an incident in which the little boy raised his hand and Patterson used her foot to push the child's hand down to the ground. The report says snacks were refused to the boy because he would not say the word "food". His mother said that her child is speech delayed and that Patterson teacher knew of his condition.

In another complaint filed with Bartlett Police Department, a 4-year-old was repeatedly pushed and shoved to the floor by Patterson in the classroom. The little girl's mother said she learned of the problems when she was contacted by Department of Children's Services. She says two teaching assistants had been complaining about Patterson's behavior since before Christmastime.

According to BPD, Clancey Patterson has been relieved of work from Bon Lin Elementary School.

She faces seven counts of official oppression, seven counts of official misconduct, two counts of child abuse, and five counts of simple assault.

A friend who wanted to remain anonymous said Patterson volunteers at FedEx family house, has two daughters, and doesn't have an evil bone in her body.

"I've never seen a teacher who loves her job as much," said the friend.

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