UPDATE: Opelika Police say Gwendolyn Ingram, 60, of Opelika, AL has been arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault Third Degree in connection to the below-mentioned case. Ingram was booked in at the Lee County Detention Center.
OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) – An Opelika family tells News 3 their young son, who has been diagnosed with Autism, was slapped in the face by a Carver Primary staff member while at school.
The Opelika Police Department confirms an investigation is underway after a parent filed a complaint alleging a Carver Primary School staff member assaulted their child. Opelika City Schools confirms the staff member has been placed on administrative leave. An Opelika City Schools’ spokesperson says they are prevented from commenting further because of school board policy.
So far an arrest has not been made.
Quantrez Greathouse is the father of the six-year-old student. He tells News 3 on Monday, December 9; he was picking his son up from school when he noticed his child was loudly crying while walking up the hallway with the teacher in question.
“He was crying loudly with a red bruise under his right eye and busted lip. I asked the teacher what was wrong and what happened to him. She told me he just had a rough, long day,” said Greathouse.
Greathouse says his son was still crying in the car and when they arrived home from school.
“So around 3:15 pm I got a call from the superintendent. He informed me the teacher had slapped my son several times in the face. So from there, I called the police and met with them at Carver Primary School,” said Greathouse.
The family says they informed police their six-year-old boy had been diagnosed with non-verbal Autism.
“He did not deserve to be treated that way. I would like for justice to be served,” said Greathouse.
Meanwhile, Opelika police continue their investigation.
“On December 9, 2019, at approximately 3:00 pm, the Opelika Police Department received a complaint from a parent of a student at Carver Primary School. The parent reported that the student had been assaulted by a school staff member. The Opelika Police Department immediately began an investigation into the matter,” said Captain Shane Healey.
Police say the investigation is ongoing in partnership with the Department of Human Resources and Opelika City Schools. An arrest has not been made at this point.
“Names, ages, relationships, and details of the case will not be released due to the sensitive nature of the case, along with the maintaining of the integrity of the investigation,” said Healey.
Police are asking anyone with firsthand information about the incident is asked to contact the Opelika Police Department Detective Division at (334)705-5220 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (334)745-8665. You may remain anonymous.
The student’s family says they are in the process of obtaining an attorney.