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Lawsuit: Halls teacher's aide abused student

ID=15995558(WBIR) A lawsuit filed Monday in Knox County Circuit Court by parents of a 14-year-old girl with disabilities said her teacher's aide "systematically and repeatedly physically and mentally abused" her.

Attorney Arthur Knight filed the lawsuit against Rebecca Shoemaker, stating the T.A. should not have been placed in a classroom at Halls Middle School designed for students with disabilities.

The lawsuit said on September 24, KCSO detectives and the Department of Children's Services went to the school after a report from an unknown person. Six days later, Shoemaker resigned from her position.

The document added the girl needed medical attention following the allegations.

Last month, 10News interviewedAnthony Brandenburg, whose daughter is part of that same class.

"The lady called us from the school and was informing us of the situation that transpired apparently last week," he said, not knowing what happened at the time. "You don't tell a parent something about your child and say 'that's all we can give you.'"

Also named in the lawsuit was Knox County Schools and Knox County, stating the teacher's assistant was not properly trained for the position. Principal of Halls Middle School, Tim Wiegenstein, was named too, stating that he "consciously disregarded the known risk to the minor."

Shoemaker has not been criminally charged, but at last report there was still an investigation at Halls Middle School.


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