Alleged ‘mistreatment’ of special needs students under investigation in Coweta

Newnan police are investigating allegations that students with special needs were mistreated in a Coweta County elementary school.
Newnan police are investigating allegations that students with special needs were mistreated in a Coweta County elementary school.

Newnan police and the Coweta County School System are both investigating after allegations that students with special needs were mistreated in an elementary school, officials said.

Two teachers are “currently not in school” in connection with the allegations that came out of Elm Street Elementary, Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker said in a letter to parents Thursday.

It is not clear if the teachers are on administrative leave.

The allegations were brought to the school system in December, Barker said in the letter.

“Allegations were made by two employees against one another,” he said.

While details were not released, Barker said the parents of the children involved were notified.

“There is also an investigation into concerns regarding the timeliness of reporting these allegations to authorities by school administration,” Barker said.

He said the school system has consulted with law enforcement and taken initial action in the matter but is awaiting the police department’s findings before taking any additional action.

“All findings of the Newnan Police Department will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review prior to the closing of the investigations into these matters,” Barker said.

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