Teacher accused of biting student with autism in Abilene

Kirsten Barnett (Photo via KTAB/KRBC)
Kirsten Barnett (Photo via KTAB/KRBC)

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) — An Abilene ISD teacher has been arrested and charged with injury to a child following accusations she bit a student with autism.

The teacher, Kirsten Barnett, 25, was arrested Tuesday and then released from the Taylor County Jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

Court documents say a teacher’s aide saw Barnett restrain the 4-year-old child in her lap after he refused to follow her commands. The documents go on to say the aide told police the child was “squirming and pushing” against Barnett, so she “bent down and bit [the child] on the face and the ear.”

The child yelled “no!” Then Barnett “immediately began to rub his cheek,” according to the documents.

The documents also state another worker was able to see a visible bite mark on the child’s face.

Abilene ISD Superintendent David Young released the following statement after the arrest of the Locust Early Childhood Center teacher:

“When the allegations first came to the school’s attention, administrators acted swiftly to report the incident to the Abilene Police Department. The teacher was immediately placed on leave during the course of the police investigation and has not returned to the classroom or interacted with students again. She has subsequently resigned from the Abilene Independent School District. The safety of our students is our top priority, and we are grateful for the immediate reporting by witnesses and for the cooperation from the Abilene Police Department.”

Check back with BigCountryHomepage.com for any updates on this developing story.

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