Sexual assault allegations made against Gwinnett substitute teacher

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Sexual assault allegations have been made against a Gwinnett County substitute teacher.

The mother of the victim told Channel 2′s Audrey Washington she filed a police report Wednesday morning because she believes she’s getting the run around from school officials.

The school district says it has launched its own investigation.

A 9-year-old girl said the incident happened at Starling Elementary School in Grayson on Dec. 3.

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“If something happens to you, don’t keep quiet. Tell an adult or a guardian,” she said.

She said her substitute teacher touched her inappropriately.

“The substitute told me to go to my seat, and I didn’t go to my seat. So he grabbed me by the arm and he pulled me to my seat and slid his hands down my pants,” the girl said.

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The girl’s mother said once she heard what happened, she immediately called her daughter’s regular teacher.

The mother said she met with the school principal and assistant principal. She said they told her the substitute was removed from the sub list, but the mother wanted more done.

She filed a police report and pulled her daughter out of class Wednesday morning.

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“I don’t want any other kids to go through this,” the mother said.

In a statement, a Gwinnett County Schools representative said:

“We did receive a report alleging that a substitute teacher at starling elementary touched a child inappropriately. As a result, an investigation has been launched and is being conducted by both our human resources division and school police. In addition to these investigations, a report has been made to the division of family and children services.”

The student is doing her class work from home while this investigation continues.

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