North Carolina mom says son’s special education teacher ‘assaulted’ him

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GARNER, NC (WTVD) — An investigation is underway at East Garner Middle School into a mother’s claim that her son’s special education teacher assaulted him.

The incident happened last Wednesday in the school’s pick-up/drop-off circle. Ryan Barner, a 12-year old boy with special needs came home with bruises and scratches that his mother, Renee Pickett, says he suffered at the hands of his teacher.

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Pickett said the whole thing was caught on the school surveillance camera. And when she saw that tape today – she says she was even more disturbed.

“I feel like it’s assault, ” Pickett said. “Like why are you putting your hands on him? Because what I saw from the video, (Ryan) didn’t do anything.”

In a meeting Monday with the East Garner MS principal, Pickett was finally allowed to see the surveillance footage of the alleged assault on her son by his special education teacher.

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