A teacher's aide at Norton Park Elementary School in Smyrna is accused of slapping a 5-year-old boy who has autism after the child spit on her.
Karen Bead is charged with battery. A report by school police said the slap left a red mark on the child's cheek.
"As a parent, it's just so disappointing," said Casey Tuchscher, whose son is in first grade. "You trust, when you send your kids to school in the morning, that they're going to be safe not only from other students but from the teachers especially. It's just so disappointing. It's very disappointing."
Bead's husband told CBS46 News that his wife has worked with the Cobb County school district for 23 years. He said he could not comment on the charges as the couple is seeking legal advice, but added the charge is not accurate.
Tamika Dembrosky said her son knows Bead and was upset to hear of the allegations.
He said, 'Mom, she's really a nice person. I can't believe she would do that,'" said Dembrosky.
The school district said it cannot comment on the case since it is a personnel matter, but confirmed Bead is suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
"We love the school. We love the teachers," said Tuchscher. "It's an awful situation."
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