Highland Park Teacher Under Investigation


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__The bruising on Jastasha's arm from Wednesday is still faintly visible.

Her mom, Lavonne Matlock says ,"Nobody has the right to touch somebody's child. She was at school. A teacher is supposed to be a leader, role model."

14-year-old Jastasha Wright, a freshman at Highland Park says the incident happened in her 5th hour study skills class.

"I came into class and everyone was laughing. So I asked what it was and I thought it was funny," Wright said.

She says the teacher then told her to leave the room and go to in school suspension.

Jastasha says things turned physical. "I was putting away my stuff and she told me to hurry up and I guess I wasn't moving fast enough, so she took my chair and grabbed my arm."

Lavonne says the District Attorney, Department of Children and Family Services and the USD 501 Police are all investigating the situation. They interviewed students and took pictures of Jastasha's bruises, but she says the teacher was back at school Monday.

"That teacher must mean more to Highland Park than your child, do you know how that feels?"

Highland Park High School and USD 501 officials were unavailable for comment.


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