A middle school teacher’s assistant in Florida has been arrested for allegedly slapping a student in the classroom before Thanksgiving break.
According to arrest records obtained by FOX 35 Orlando, Ute Galloway, 61, slapped a student in the face during class at Eustis Middle School on Nov. 17. The principal then notified the student’s parents, local stations reported.
The incident allegedly occurred when the students were playing a game of drawing a turkey and were not allowed to look at the paper. The student reportedly told police he “saw it,” at which point Galloway allegedly punched him.
Galloway reportedly pulled the student aside and apologized.
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School officials reportedly told the student’s parents that they would “address the situation” and follow up with a phone call at a later date, but never did.
Officers reviewed surveillance video of the incident after the child’s parents reported it.
According to FOX 35, two other students corroborated the victim’s story.
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Ms. Galloway has reportedly worked at Eustis Middle School since August 2022, when she was hired as a teacher’s assistant and home-to-school liaison. She faces charges of child abuse, but no great bodily harm.
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Galloway is still employed by Lake County Schools, but no longer works with students, according to FOX 35. The school district did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
According to WESH 2 News, the student involved is 14 years old.