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Tindley Summit Academy instructional assistant arrested for alleged battery of 6-year-old

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An instructional assistant at Tindley Summit Academy has been arrested, accused of battery of a 6-year-old boy.

A police report says school video showed a teacher “putting her knee into a juvenile student’s back causing pain when he wasn’t sitting correctly on the floor with the other children.” Tiffany Warren, 32, is named in the report and accused of battery.

“It kind of blew me away,” Erica Perkins said.

Perkins said her 6-year old son is involved.

“I was angry, and I’m just like what was she thinking? Like, why would you put your hand on somebody else’s child?” Perkins said.

Tindley Accelerated Schools says it was made aware of an incident Monday on Tuesday, involving inappropriate conduct by an instructional assistant at Tindley Summit Academy. The district said officials initiated their internal school and law enforcement protocol, and Warren was terminated immediately.

“After an initial review of the facts surrounding the issue, we deemed it appropriate to immediately involve the police,” wrote Tindley in a statement. “At this time, we are cooperating with the police as they investigate the matter and will continue to do so.”

School officials say the incident was handled as discreetly as possible in an effort to minimize disruptions and to protect students.

“At Tindley, we have a zero tolerance policy for any behavior that could potentially cause harm to our scholars or staff,” said Edreece Redmond, Interim CEO of Tindley Accelerated Schools. “I am proud of the immediate action that was taken by our staff in adhering to their training and assuring that our schools remain a safe environment for all.”

Perkins said she was satisfied with how the school handled the situation, but upset with it still.

“It’s bothering me, because it’s bothering him,” she said.

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