Police: Teacher Facing Jail Time after Hitting Special Needs Student

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

RIPLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A retired teacher in Jackson County is facing jail time after police say she hit a special needs student when he didn't follow directions.

On Tuesday morning, former Ripley Elementary art teacher Vicki Shockey was charged with battery.

John Williams tells WSAZ.com Shockey hit his 11-year-old autistic son when he didn’t follow her directions.

“It's very hard when someone else has done this, someone that you trust to take care of your child,” Williams said.

According to the criminal complaint, Shockey admitted to the crime saying that she did strike the boy on the arm and that she was sorry.

Outside of her home Tuesday, Shockey declined to comment.

Police say the incident happened in late February, but Williams says his son is still troubled by the event.

“He doesn't know if someone is going to do it again if he does something wrong,” Williams said. “I want him to know that as a parent, I’m always going to be there for him. I'm always going to back him up.”

Shockey retired at the end of the academic year in 2013.

Brice begins fourth grade at Ripley Elementary on Thursday.

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