Teacher Pulled From Classroom After Student Comes Home With Scratches

UPDATED: Friday March 8, 2013 9:31 AM

Police are investigating after a 7-year-old boy said his teacher injured him.

Brayden Baker said that his teacher scratched him while scolding him for not paying attention.

The alleged incident occurred at Adena Elementary School in Frankfort.

Baker admits that he was talking to a classmate when his teacher reprimanded him, but his family said that there was no justification for how his teacher allegedly responded.

“She came up to me, she grabbed (my face) and squeezed it,” Baker said. “She put her nose up to my face and said, ‘You better pay attention.’”

Though he said his teacher had a painful grip on him, he didn’t realize she had broken his skin.

“Whenever we were lining up to the bathroom, she got a tissue, wet it and said, ‘I’m sorry there’s a scratch there, Brayden,’” the boy told 10TV News on Thursday.

The student’s grandmother, Valinda Baker, said that what happened was assault.

“It was just really red, and you could see where it bled,” Baker said. “You could tell that she grabbed his face with force. To me, that’s abuse.”

She took a photo when he got home from school.

The student said the alleged incident left him confused.

“I can’t believe our own teacher scratched me,” Brayden Baker said.

His family is furious.

“What I this about is what was he thinking when she grabbed him?” Valinda Baker said. “How scared was he to be grabbed like that? That’s the hardest thing for me, that someone could be that mean to him.”

The teacher in question, who 10TV News did not name because she has not been charged with a crime, did not immediately return 10TV’s calls for comments.

The principal said the alleged incident was under investigation and that student safety is of the utmost importance to the district.

The teacher was removed from the classroom beginning on Friday, pending the outcome of an investigation.

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