Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Teacher Barnett Arrested For Biting Student

An Abilene ISD teacher accused of biting an autistic student has been arrested.

Kirsten Barnett, 25, has been charged with Injury to a Child in connected to the incident that happened an Abilene ISD Early Childhood Center in February of 2017.

Court documents say a teacher's aide saw Barnett restrain the autistic child in her lap after he refused to follow her commands. The documents go on to claim the aide told police the child was "squirming and pushing" against Barnett, so she "bent down and bit [the child] on the face and the ear."

The child then yelled "no!" then Barnett, "immediately began to rub his cheek," according to the documents.

The documents also state another worker was able to see a visible bite mark on the child's face.

Barnett was released from the Taylor County Jail after posting a $5,000 bond.


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