Ohio parents sue teacher district, allege abuse

By By AMANDA LEE MYERS

CINCINNATI (AP) — The parents of five Ohio children who are physically and mentally disabled have filed a lawsuit accusing a now-resigned teacher of abuse.

The parents in southwestern Ohio's Warren County filed a federal civil rights lawsuit this week against former teacher Amanda Kitcho.

The lawsuit accused her of actions that "shock the conscience," including forcing one then-11-year-old girl to crawl on the floor even though she depends on a walker and secluding the girl in a bathroom.

The lawsuit also claims that Kings Local School District ignored repeated reports about Kitcho from teacher's assistants and a school librarian.

Kitcho's attorney, John Doll, says she denies all the allegations against her and says she's a passionate teacher who loved her students.

District Superintendent Valerie Browning declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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