Chicago, Illinois –
A family filed a civil rights complaint against public schools in Chicago on Thursday, claiming that their 9-year-old son was beaten at school with a belt.
According to the family's lawyer, Al Hofeld Jr., they want to make sure that this teacher never teaches again. They also want monetary compensation for their son and for it to be transferred to another school.
Jo's family, 9-year-old Maury Champ, filed a civil rights suit against Kristen Haynes, a teacher with the CPS and her 56-year-old friend, Juanita Tyler, in federal court on Thursday.
The alleged incident occurred in September 2018.
Asia Gaines said that his son had been hit by two belts by a stranger while he was at Tilton Elementary School. She said the belts belonged to her son's teacher.
"I am very angry about what happened to my son," said Gaines.
The complaint alleges that Haynes made sure that his childhood friend, Tyler, who is also a distant relative of Jo 'Maury, comes to school and pulls the boy from the classroom to the bathroom and bat dozens of times. The boy met Tyler a few years ago, but for him, she was a stranger.
"The day before the beating, Jo" Maury was laughing with another boy in Mrs. Haynes' class and was having trouble with it, "Hofeld said.
Hofeld said that the next morning, Haynes and Tyler took the boy to a bathroom, and Haynes returned to his classroom.
"The stranger has hit Jo" Maury with the belts about 20 to 30 times in total, "Hofeld said.
When Jo & Maury returned to class, the abuse was not over.
Ms. Haynes then threatened "You'd better be wise because the lady will come back at 1 pm," he said.
Hofeld stated that the two women had been arrested and that Haynes had been reassigned administratively. The Cook County State Attorney's Office stated that Haynes was charged with a battery charge for misdemeanor and a head of endangering a child by a misdemeanor .
The physical wounds have now disappeared, but the mental scars remain, said Jo's mother Maury.
"He can not sleep, he can not eat," said Gaines.
"I think it's wrong, no one should – there should be no teacher to bring in any child, he should be fired," said Rebecca Perkins, one of Tilton's parents.
Hofeld added that neither the CPS nor the school had informed her of Jo's & Maury's parents. The family learned from the young boy.
The complaint also alleges that Haynes was in the habit of using or threatening to use corporal punishment to students.
A spokesperson for CPA released a statement Thursday that every student deserves a safe learning environment.
"All students deserve a safe learning environment and the district will not tolerate actions that expose them to harm." After taking note of allegations of grave concern, the district withdrew the employee from his post and opened a full investigation. "
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