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An Accokeek family says its mentally challenged child was beaten by a teacher’s aide from Oxon Hill Middle School.

“What makes this more sickening and unexcusable is that this attack happened to a 14-year-old mentally handicapped child with the mental capacity of a 6-year old,” says Natalie Williams, spokesperson for the family of the alleged attack.

The family says the teacher’s aide grabbed a basketball and threw it at the face of the teenager. “He then picked the child up, threw him into the bleachers, as the child attempted to get up, the assaulting teacher grabbed him once again and threw him back into the bleachers for a second time,” explained Williams.

The family wants to know why the teen was not taken to the nurse’s office, why security did not respond and why the school failed to notify the parents immediately.

Lisa Trueseale, a parent of a student, says, “You can imagine something like this nowadays, I’m surprised nothing has come home from the school body.”

Prince George’s County Public Schools sent out a letter a week after the alleged incident, informing parents of a change in leadership. Principal A.H. Sharif Salim is on indefinite personnel leave. The school system does not say whether or not the change at the school’s top position is a result of the alleged attack.

Prince George’s County Police are investigating and Prince George’s County Public Schools have referred the case to Child Welfare Authorities.

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