A Georgia mother was arrested on Wednesday for assaulting a Catholic school teacher who she said abused her nonverbal 2-year-old son.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah’s communications director, Jill Parks, confirmed to The Augusta Chronicle that the 61-year-old female teacher has been placed on administrative leave amid a police investigation. Kasey Brooks, 28, is accused of pummelling the teacher in the back of the head during a classroom meeting to discuss how she handled her son.
WRDW obtained surveillance footage that appears to show a school director try to pull Brooks off the teacher, who is on the floor. Police say Brooks also bit the teacher’s thumb during Wednesday’s altercation.
On a GoFundMe page established to cover Brooks’ legal fees, Brooks alleged that on the day of the attack, she viewed footage from two days prior which showed the teacher abusing her 2-year-old son. Despite the footage, the daycare director said the teacher would be keeping her job, according to the mother.
“For 3 hours I watched his teacher spank him, hit him in the head, slap him with a book, shove him to the ground, snatch him up by one arm and carry him across the room multiple times, slam him in his seat to make him eat lunch alone in time-out, pick him up by his ankles and hold him on his neck/head, grab his face so hard his cheeks were touching in his mouth as she was nose to nose with him, amongst other things,” Brooks wrote on the fundraiser page.
Brooks claimed she later learned that the daycare program her son was enrolled in was not licensed through the Georgia Department of Early Care, meaning the agency did not have the jurisdiction to investigate the abuse allegations.
According to The Chronicle, Brooks told police that she believed the teacher repeatedly abused her son. On August 12, Brooks’ son allegedly came home with a suspicious leg injury that Brooks now believes was inflicted by his teacher.
Meanwhile, an attorney for the teacher told WDRW that Brooks’ allegations are ridiculous and any alleged abuse would have been seen by one or two other adults. The teacher has not been charged, but Columbia County deputies confirmed to the news outlet that they are reviewing surveillance footage.
Brooks, who is charged with battery, is currently free on bond. As of Tuesday, her fundraiser has amassed more than $15,000.