Three Kentucky school employees charged with abuse of autistic student

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    STANFORD, Ky — Court documents show that three Kentucky school employees have been charged with criminal abuse involving a special-needs student.

    News outlets report the incident occurred Jan. 3 at Lincoln County High School in a special education class.

    A criminal summons for teacher Rebecca Spurlock said teacher's aide Janie Hasty punched the student, who is autistic and non-verbal. Officials say Hasty and another aide, Teresa Sparkman, then twisted the student's arm, pulled him off the floor and shoved him. The documents say Spurlock did nothing to intervene.

    A statement from Lincoln County Superintendent Michael Rowe says an investigation is ongoing. He says the district won't tolerate inappropriate contact between adults and students.

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