Teacher Indicted For Abusing Special Education Pre-K Students

(Bartlett, TN) A preschool teacher from Bon Lin Elementary School had nothing to smile about in a police mugshot taken Friday.

Clancey Patterson faces a long list of crimes that were allegedly committed at Bon Lin Elementary last school year.

A Bartlett police report filed by the mother of a 3-year-old in pre-k says Patterson “‘…slammed the little boy to the ground on his bottom causing him to scream and cry…slamming him so hard his shoe came off.”

The report says when the child raised his hand, Patterson used her foot to push the little boy’s hand to the ground.

Assistants in the room with Patterson say she refused to give the 3-year-old snacks because he would not say the word “food,” though she was aware of his medical condition and speech delay.

It’s shocking for other parents to hear.

“Doesn’t make me feel good that it was right around the corner and it was going on. I wouldn’t want someone dropping her or mishandling her,” said James Hopper, refering to his 2-year-old daughter in his arms.

Another mother filed a police report in April, saying her 4-year-old daughter had been pushed and shoved to the floor in her Bon Lin classroom by Patterson.

She said Patterson’s assistants started complaining about Patterson’s  behavior last November, but nothing was done until the Department of Children’s Services got involved and the teacher was put on leave.

Shelby County School officials said Monday that allegations were first reported to the school principal in March and the case was turned over to authorities in April.

The school system says Patterson remains on paid administrative leave and has not worked in the school system since April.

She is out of jail.

The next step is for the District Attorney’s office to get a court date and move forward with prosecution.

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