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Teacher Grabbed Pupil by Ears & Pulled from Classroom

By CHRISTINE VENDEL | Kansas City Star

A Kansas City School District teacher Thursday was removed from her classroom pending the outcome of an investigation into whether she grabbed a pupil by the ears earlier this week.

The alleged assault Monday at Pitcher Academy, 9915 E. 38th Terrace, left the 4-year-old pupil with scratches behind her ears, according to police.

Norma Reyes told police she picked up her daughter after preschool Monday and saw blood on her shirt and pants. Reyes said she asked several teachers what caused her daughter to bleed and the teachers said they were not aware of anything, according to police reports.

Reyes saw several small cuts behind her daughter’s ears and the girl was “acting scared,” according to police reports, so Reyes took her home.

At home, the girl told her mother that her teacher after lunch had grabbed her, using both hands. The girl said the teacher did not yell at her but had an angry look on her face.

The girl has not returned to Pitcher since Monday, Reyes said.

“She’s traumatized,” Reyes said Thursday. Reyes said she still did not know what angered the teacher, but said the teacher’s actions were wrong.

“You don’t have to do this,” she said. “No excuse.”

Reyes said she also was upset that no one at the school sought medical help for her daughter or explained the bleeding when asked.

“Nobody called,” she said.

District officials said they made the decision Thursday to remove the teacher from the school. They declined further comment.

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