• Local kindergarten student hit in the face with ruler for 'tattletaling,' family says

    By: Alexa Lorenzo

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    SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. - The mother of a Shelby County kindergarten student said a teacher at Cummings Elementary hit her daughter. Hailey Turner, 5, explained to Cummings Elementary administrators what her teacher did to her.

    The Shelby County School District said they take “any allegation involving the safety of a child extremely serious,” but FOX13 found out the teacher was back at school two weeks after the incident.

    “Ms. Lewis hit me in the eye with a ruler and told me not to tell anybody,” that’s what her aunt, Latasia Turner, said the girl told her about the incident.

    When her mother Ciara Morgan picked her up from school, she faced an alarming situation.

    “I actually cried because she had a big bruise around her eye,” Morgan said.

    Hailey told her mother it all happened after she told the teacher that one of her classmates wasn’t following directions.


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    “She said the teacher reached into her desk, pulled out a ruler, walked over to her and told her ‘no tattle tailing’ and popped her,” Morgan said.

    The Shelby County School District told FOX13 in a statement “We can confirm this employee was removed from the school and received disciplinary consequences in accordance with board policy.” 

    Fast forward two weeks, the teacher is back in the classroom according to Hailey’s family. 
    Thursday, Hailey’s family had another shocking discovery.

    “Hailey said Ms. Lewis is back in school and they removed me from my class,” Turner said.

    Hailey’s family told FOX13 they didn’t get notified that the teacher was back in school. The family also found out that the Tennessee Department of Education has not reviewed the report filed by SCS.

    The family also wanted to meet with the principal, but they said he refused to speak with them. Hailey’s mother also got a letter saying she’s no longer allowed on the property.

    Now the family is wondering how the teacher could be back in the classroom when the state has yet to review the case.

    The school district hasn’t responded to FOX13’s questions about what disciplinary consequences the teacher faced.

    The Tennessee Department of Education is responsible for investigating the allegations and will determine if the teacher can keep her license.

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