Mom of boy kicked by Cabarrus County teacher reacts to guilty verdict

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The mom of an 11-year-old boy, kicked by his special education reading teacher, is speaking out after that teacher plead guilty to simple assault. 

 

"I think justice has been served with Ms. Hunter," said Sabrina Berry. "However, I don't think justice has been 100 percent served because the school has not been held accountable for the role they played in covering this up and their failure to notify me that my son was injured."

 

In January, FOX 46 obtained exclusive surveillance video showing teacher Helena Hunter kicking the sixth grader, who is lying on the ground, at least twice. The incident happened last December at Cabarrus Charter Upper School in Concord. 

 

The boy says the teacher lashed out violently after he touched her hair. 

 

Hunter avoids jail but has to do 24 hours community service, undergo a mental health evaluation and treatment, have no contact with the boy and stay out of trouble for six months or risk being locked up. 

 

Berry hired a lawyer and plans to sue the school saying her son now has trouble now "trusting educators." 

 

"No amount of money is going to heal or make my son whole," she said. "His whole sixth grade year has been tarnished by this."

 

School officials have previously declined to comment on the possibility of a lawsuit. Hunter resigned after the school began investigation.

 

"I would like to see accountability on their part and for some procedures to be put in place," said Berry. So when this issue arises again they are certified and trained to handle these situations."

 

FOX 46 has been unable to reach Hunter for comment. 

 

 

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