Our Blog

Employees In Summerville, South Carolina School Charged With Abusing Autistic Child

Employees In Summerville, South Carolina School Charged With Abusing Autistic Child

Several employees at Knightsville Elementary School in Summerville, South Carolina have been charged in connection with supposed child abuse of an autistic student that took place at the school.

Teacher aide Heather Martin is accused of covering the nose and mouth of an autistic student to keep her quiet, dragging another student by the hair, throwing school supplies at another child, and grabbing another student in the genital area.

Former principal and vice principal of the school, Anita Ruff-Putillion and Mary Rita Watson are each accused of one charge of failing to report child abuse or neglect. A teacher at the school, Rebecca Jeanette Piersol Crosby faces three charges of neglect and four charges of failure to report a crime.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the accusations come from another teacher who says she witnessed the abuse. Police continue to investigate the incident.

School should be place where children feel safe, and where parents can feel comfortable sending their children. Any type of abuse by caretakers of children is unacceptable and should be dealt with by consulting an experienced attorney and taking legal action.

Source: Live 5 News- “Teacher aide accused of abusing autustic child”- November 11, 2009.

The contents of this Web site are for informational purposes regarding legal issues in South Carolina and are not intended to convey detailed legal advice on specific issues. Transmission of the information contained in this site or any sites linked hereto is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Our attorneys practice law only in jurisdictions we are properly authorized to do so and do not seek to represent anyone in any jurisdiction where this site does not comply with applicable laws and bar rules. The lawyers of the law firm of Howell and Christmas are licensed to practice law in the State of South Carolina. Readers should not act upon the information contained in this site without first seeking the advice of an attorney licensed to practice in your area.

Attorneys principally practice in Mt. Pleasant office, but we will meet you at the time and office most convenient to you. We will also come to your hospital room or home upon request.

The information given above are examples of actual cases with actual clients our law firm has handled in the past. The reviews listed on our website are endorsements and/or testimonials from actual clients. Any results our law firm may achieve on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

Howell and Christmas is not a partnership but rather an association of two limited liability companies the Howell Law Group and Christmas Law Firm.