Family demands answers after claiming child with autism was hit by school official

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WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A Martin County family is looking for answers after they claim their son with autism was hit by an assistant principal.

They’d like to keep their 6-year-old son’s identity private.

Melisa Prater filed a police report against Williamston Primary School Assistant Principal Donsenia Teel, claiming her son suffered child abuse while at school.

On October 14, around 9:45 am, Prater, came to the Williamston Police Department to report an allegation of child abuse against her son.

Prater told officers that a school employee had told her that on October 3 her son had been struck on the arm by the school’s Assistant Principal, Donsenia Teel after her son allegedly kicked Teel in the leg.

An investigation was completed and the results were turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.

The District Attorney’s office reviewed the investigation and advised the Williamston Police Department that they would not seek prosecution.

Due to the nature of the investigation involving minor child-specific details of the investigation will not be released.

His grandmother Katherine Lilly says she was shocked when she heard what happened.

He began pushing around the desk.

Lilly says the assistant principal and another staff member grabbed the boy’s arms to restrain him.

Lilly claims the boy then kicked the principal in the leg and that’s when she hit the boy on the arm.

Lilly says the incident happened on October 3 and the family was not notified of the incident by the school or staff members.

A witness told the family what happened a week later.

Martin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Mansfield says Teel was on paid administrative leave, yet is now back at work at a different school.

Mansfield says they are following all policies and procedures under state law and Martin County.

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