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Pampa Teacher Accused of Abuse

Superintendent Berry Haenisch says, "There is no local policy that addresses not being able to touch a child. There is no prohibition from a teacher touching a child. Part of the determination would be intent, purpose, other things like that." Superintendent Berry Haenisch says, "There is no local policy that addresses not being able to touch a child. There is no prohibition from a teacher touching a child. Part of the determination would be intent, purpose, other things like that."

A child has been pulled from school after the little girls mother claims she was abused by her teacher.

An allegation of abuse has now turned into a potential legal battle. A mother of a kindergartner says she walked in while her child's face and mouth being covered by the teachers hands. An incident she says is taking disciple too far.

But according to the Pampa ISD, there is no exact rule on a teacher touching a child, each case is looked into to make sure it was justifiable.

Superintendent Berry Haenisch says, "There is no local policy that addresses not being able to touch a child. There is no prohibition from a teacher touching a child. Part of the determination would be intent, purpose, other things like that."

Haenisch says this accusation is being reviewed, but he cannot comment on whether the teacher is under investigation.

Haenisch says, "We have really two separate incidents. We have an incident about the child and the safety of the child and then with the investigation of the allegation, then we might how a personnel issue as well. Those are two separate and entirely different situations."

While the school district is looking into Tuesday's event, the child is now saying the teacher also hit her with a stick Friday, and shoved a dirty rag in her mouth to keep her quiet.

The child's parents have contacted a lawyer about the alleged abuse...Though they say keeping other kids safe is their main priority.

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