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Special needs students endure abuse, teaching assistant gets no jail time

By Darcy Spears

KTNV – Las Vegas.

Trust betrayed, families brokenhearted, oversight botched in a case involving special needs students who were physically abused by a teaching assistant. Contact 13 investigates a series of failures that left vulnerable children in an environment of ongoing abuse.

The sounds of silence accompany a studious homework atmosphere for Javis and his family. But at school, the silence of staff members masked something sinister for the 8-year-old special needs student.

“My teacher,” he said. “She’d be getting mad at us. And then she would try to smack us.”

Javis mumbles and talks into his fist as he recounts the pain he endured in third grade at the hands of  READ MORE

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