Toria Ross is a teacher at DeKalb County's Stone Mountain Elementary School.
On Monday a judge issued warrants for Ross' arrest. She's charged with three counts of first-degree cruelty to children.
Ross is accused of verbally and physically abusing three of her special needs students.
The alleged abuse happened on and off from Aug. 23 to Nov. 20. A teacher reportedly saw Ross repeatedly beating those students with a stick.
The district issued this statement:
"The DeKalb County School District has received an allegation that a teacher at Stone Mountain Elementary School verbally and physically abused special needs students at the school. The health and safety of our students must receive the highest priority. We take these charges very seriously. The accused teacher has been removed from the school and we have notified the DeKalb County Dept. of Family and Children Services Child Welfare Division. Superintendent Michael Thurmond has directed the District Office of Legal Affairs to begin a full investigation of this serious matter. A meeting has been scheduled with the parents of the alleged victims. The investigation is ongoing."
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