Family claims Carthage ISD teachers and staff abused their daughter

Vanessa Williams is demanding an apology from Carthage ISD employees, after accusations of student abuse. Tristan Hardy reports.

CARTHAGE - According to Vanessa Williams, it's taken too long for her and her family to get some answers. She claimed her 15-year-old daughter, Ashanti, who has a learning disability, had a history with Carthage teachers and staff abusing her.

"I'm wondering all day long, how is my baby doing? Is she okay?" Williams said. 

Williams said she felt as if the school district doesn't want to address her problem. In April, during the 2016-17 school year, Williams said her daughter claimed a teacher kicked her in the stomach and the assistant principal once wrapped their hands around her throat, choking her. 

"I'm afraid for Ashanti when I take her to school," Williams said. "She can't see the bad in people, only the good." 

CBS19 reached out to Carthage ISD, and Superintendent, Dr. Glenn Hambrick sent this response:

Carthage ISD cannot discuss the status of CISD students. This would be a violation FERPA laws.

FERPA, is known as the 'Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. 

Williams is demanding an apology and consequences for those teacher's actions. She said when the school district can't be trusted, people should be held accountable.

The Williams family told CBS19, they are seeking 'mediation' with the Texas Education Agency, meaning the family has requested an unbiased third party to look into the issue. 

 

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