Posted BY: Gary | NwoReport
A Texas teacher and her two assistants are facing charges in relation to a punishment they dished out to a student last year, in which they locked the five-year-old in an isolation room for so long that he began to eat his own feces.
Melody LaPointe, 47, Tarah Tinney, 33, and Augusta Costlow, 27, were arrested earlier this month in relation to the ordeal – which transpired at an unnamed school in the Liberty Independent School District in April 2021.
They are each facing four counts of abandoning or endangering a child, after putting the pupil in isolation for hours without access to food.
Eventually, the youngster, who has special needs, became so starved, he began eating his own feces and drinking his urine, a criminal complaint alleges.
What’s more, while confined to the room, the little boy fell and injured himself – but the three staffers, the suit charges, did nothing to help him.
According to a spokesperson for the district, the two assistants, Tinney and Costlow, were put on administrative leave during an internal investigation last year.
That investigation, officials said, saw them resign once the probe was completed.
LaPointe, the main teacher in the classroom, also resigned but was able to find work at another nearby school district, at Hopper Primary in Houston. She was arrested on November 17 on school grounds, in full view of her students and coworkers.
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Parents with students at Hopper Primary received the following email shortly after students went home for the day.
‘In an effort of full transparency, we want to inform our families of an incident that occurred yesterday during dismissal,’ officials from the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District wrote.
‘A teacher at Bonnie P. Hopper Primary School was arrested yesterday by Liberty County constables.’