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Criminal investigation at Halls M.S., teacher's aide resigns
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(WBIR-Halls) The parent of a 12-year-old sixth grader received a phone call Monday morning from Halls Middle School.

"The lady called us from the school and was informing us of the situation that transpired apparently last week," Anthony Brandenburg said.

Knox County Sheriff's Office tells 10News there is an active criminal investigation at the school. Knox County Schools said a teacher's aide, one that Brandenburg identified as his daughter's assistant teacher, resigned Monday morning. Both agencies would not elaborate on the incident, nor say the connection.

The school didn't elaborate to Brandenburg either, and his daughter has a learning disability and cannot properly communicate.

"You don't tell a parent something about your child and say that's all we can give you," he added.

Lawyers said while some would be frustrated over that lack of information involving a child's classroom, the school has to protect other students. It goes into the realm of protecting other students' privacy -- the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Brandenburg said his daughter is not directly connected with the case, but still wants to know what happened.

"If you can't tell me what's going on with my child, my child is not attending period," he said.

Editor's note: because the teacher's aide has not been criminally charged, 10News will not identify her at this time


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