OVIEDO, Fla. - Deputies are investigating allegations of abuse at Carillon Elementary School after a 5-year-old said he was dragged across the floor and then dropped by a guidance counselor.
The boy is a kindergarten student at the school on Lockwood Boulevard in Oviedo, Channel 9 learned.
While no charges have been filed against the guidance counselor at this time, officials said she has been suspended with pay while child services and sheriff's deputies investigate for a possible case of child abuse.
"I'm concerned because our children's safety is the utmost importance," said Robert Fishbough, whose child also attends the school.
Fishbough said he's frustrated with the way school officials have kept the incident quiet.
"They did not notify me. It seemed
hush-hush," he said.
The alleged abuse happened on Aug. 19. According to a Seminole Sheriff's Office report, administrators told the boy's
mother there had been an incident during the school day.
The student told investigators the educator dragged him across the ground, grabbed him by the chin, twisted him and dropped him on the ground.
"I'm most definitely hoping she's charged," the boy's mother told Channel 9. "She's responsible for our children and our school. This is not acceptable behavior for anybody."
counselor's husband said she's waiting for a union lawyer before commenting.