Walton County Teacher's Aide Accused of Abuse

Freeport, Fla. - A special needs student's parents filed a complaint with the Walton County Sheriff's Office accusing a teacher's aide of abuse.

News 13's Peyton LoCicero has more on how Walton County School District is handling this matter.

Walton County School officials are investigating an allegation of abuse against a teacher's aide involving a special needs student here at Freeport High School.

"There are some parents that chose to keep their students out and of course, I don't know all of the details as far as who's what. There are different stories out there. I received kind of a cookie cutter letter from these parents," said Russell Hughes, Walton County School District Superintendent.

Sunday evening, Superintendent Hughes says he received the first email of concern. The Walton County Sheriff's Office, along with the Department of Children and Families is now investigating the allegations.

"My responsibility is to continue to let the investigation go forward with all of the agencies. Be astute to ask what they are doing to keep those children safe and we plan to do just that. Then, if the investigation or as the investigation unfolds, we will take action if necessary," said Hughes.

Two teachers at Freeport High School have been removed from that classroom. As a promise to concerned parents, Superintendent Hughes says they will get down to the bottom of this issue.

"I've been talking to Mr. Hope since yesterday about this, the other agencies and will make sure our children are safe period. And I will do," said Superintendent Hughes.

While many parents of special needs student's kept their children at home this week, school officials say there is no longer a threat in that classroom.

This is still an open and ongoing investigation. We will continue to keep you informed as more information is released.

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