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4-year-old says teacher's aide spanked her with shoe

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A 4-year-old girl in the Atlanta Public School system says a teacher's aide spanked her bare bottom with a shoe during class.  Now that teacher's aide is out of the classroom.

CBS Atlanta spoke to that girl's grandmother, Virginia Leslie, who admits that her granddaughter Shamiya is hyper, but said that a teacher's aide spanking the little girl with a shoe was not the answer.

"I thought spankings (weren't) done at school," said Leslie. "This is 2011."

Leslie said she is irate over what Shamiya said happened while she attended Pre-K at East Lake Elementary.

"My teacher pulled my panties down and my skirt down and whooped me with a big shoe," said Shamiya.

Shamiya told her grandma the spanking happened a week-and-a-half ago. The teacher's aide apparently pulled her out of music class.

"What gives a (teacher's aide) who is not related whatsoever the right to whoop a child?" said Leslie. " Not just to whoop them, but to pull their underpants down?"

Leslie said she notified the school the next day, but she said she isn't happy with the way the system handled the case.

Shamiya hasn't been back to school in a week.  Monday, Leslie filed a police report.

"I just don't want to put her back up there," said Leslie.  "The same (teacher's aide) is there and the same thing could happen and then I feel like I would be at fault for allowing it to happen again."

Leslie said the school district told her Shamiya could transfer to another school, but said she didn't like that option either.

"Why? What did she do wrong?" said Leslie.  "The wrong was done to her. She didn't do anything wrong. She's a kid. She's a child."

A spokesperson with the Atlanta Public Schools told CBS Atlanta that have launched an investigation into the allegations.

After questioning from CBS Atlanta, the system temporarily reassigned the teacher outside of the school and away from children, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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