Sumter County teacher accused of pulling hair, ears of student with special needs

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. — A Sumter County elementary school teacher was arrested Thursday after she was accused of pulling the hair and ears of a student with special needs.

Deputies said Sherri Robinson, 55, an ESE teacher at Wildwood Elementary School, would use physical force to gain compliance from a child in her class with special needs when the child acted out.


Deputies said the abuse was reported Tuesday and Robinson was arrested Thursday.

She is charged with cruelty toward child/abuse without great bodily harm.

Read: Police: Eustis substitute teacher charged with child abuse for allowing student to use her vape pen

Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to contact the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office or to remain anonymous contact Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.