Woman sues school district, alleges child verbally abused

March 1, 2019

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who said her autistic child endured verbal abuse in a special needs classroom at an elementary school has sued the Berkeley County Board of Education.

News outlets report Amber Pack also named four employees at Berkeley Heights Elementary School in the suit filed Thursday in Circuit Court.

Pack says said she put a recording device in the girl’s hair before sending her to school in October and in a clip she posted on social media, an adult can be heard telling the child that she’s going to punch her in the face and another tells the girl to “shut up.”

Berkeley County Schools spokeswoman Elaine Bobo says the offices of Special Education and Human Resources immediately began working to address concerns when notified. The teacher and aides involved resigned after being put on administrative leave.