Friday, December 3, 2010

Pahrump school officials charged in special ed abuse case

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010   By Jackie Valley (contact)

Nevada - Four faculty members at Floyd Elementary School in Pahrump have been formally charged in connection with the alleged abuse of children in a special education class, Nye County District Attorney Brian Kunzi announced today.
Principal Holly Lepisto, teacher Sarah Hopkins, and classroom aides Kathryn Cummings and Phyllis Du Shane have each been charged with one count of child abuse or neglect, a category B felony, officials said. They were arrested Nov. 23.
Hopkins, Cummings and Du Shane allegedly used physical force on four students in Hopkins' special education class during the past year, according to the criminal complaint. The 5- to 7-year-old children, who have a variety of physical and mental disabilities, were subjected to "spankings," "flicking," "pushing," "slapping," "violent shaking" and "grabbing," the criminal complaint alleges.  Please click on the link below to read the full article.