Rochester Superintendent Reacts to Alleged Abuse of Autistic Boy

Posted at: 02/12/2013 5:12 PM
Updated at: 02/12/2013 5:15 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- Allegations of abuse inside a Rochester school have surfaced and tonight the superintendent is speaking out.

A Century High School paraprofessional is being accused of abusing an autistic student, and it's caught on tape.

Jade Werth says her son, Austin is 100% non-verbal, and has autism. When she found out a school official was, what she calls, overly aggressive with her son, she was very upset.

The video shows Austin, and his paraprofessional are washing windows, an activity Austin's mom says she didn't even know Austin did at school.

Werth describes her son as being pushed, kicked, and all-around mistreated by that paraprofessional.

Superintendent Michael Munoz said this about the incident.

"The district took the following actions. The district suspended the employee without pay for five days. The suspension was for having unnecessary physical contact and using unnecessary force with the student. The district moved the employee to a maintenance worker position."

Stay with ABC 6 News as tonight at 6 we'll hear from Austin's mother Jade.