MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Employees say a Shelby County Schools teacher who was arrested earlier this week on charges of assaulting a student with special needs had done so more than once.
Treadwell Middle School special education teacher Kathy Brooks, 61, was arrested Feb. 13, 2019.
The incident happened on Nov. 30, 2018, when Brooks reportedly assaulted a 12-year-old boy with severe autism.
According to police records, the boy's mom Amanda Duke picked him up from school and noticed a large bruise on his left ear.
When she asked the boy what happened, he said Brooks pulled on his ear in class.
Duke confronted Brooks and the school’s principal, and Brooks said she pulled on the boy’s ear while “simply playing a game” with him.
Classroom employees told MPD and DCS officials that they did not witness the incident but heard the student scream from the hallway. They also told officials that Brooks had been seen pulling on the student’s ear more than once.
They said the student is a “trigger” for her because she likes order in the classroom, and she reportedly pulls on his ear as a way of controlling him.
After Brooks was arrested, she waived her rights and agreed to speak with an investigator.
She gave a recorded statement that she “flipped” the student’s ear with her finger, but she did not pull on it. She stated she did not tell the principal about any game.
Brooks is charged with misdemeanor assault.