Mother of special needs student: 'I'm scared for my baby'

Mother of special needs student: 'I'm scared for my baby'
LanIer Charter School (Source: WAFB)
LanIer Charter School (Source: WAFB)
Lanier Charter School (Source: WAFB)
Lanier Charter School (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The mother of a special needs student is furious after she said her daughter was beaten up in a school bathroom. She said it happened because a teacher at Lanier Charter School did not follow proper procedures.
Makalia Cole, a fifth grader at Lanier Charter School, is home recovering from cuts and bruises she said she got during a fight on Monday in the girls bathroom at her school.

"She punched me and then I fell," said Makalia. "When she came over there, she stomped on my on my side and then she stomped on my hand."

Makalia has bruises from bite marks on her arm, scratches on her face, and a wrapped finger being treated as a possible fracture. Her mother, Gloria Anderson, said she took her daughter to the hospital Tuesday night after Makalia complained she was in pain. She said it was the first time she had heard about the fight.

"The teacher never reported it to the office, never reported it to the nurse, nobody" said Anderson. "So I asked where the incident report, they don't know. No incident report was took. I didn't receive a phone call. Nothing."

Anderson said her daughter is on what is referred to as an IEP, or Individual Education Plan, which helps students with special needs succeed in school.

"Makalia is ADHD. She has chronic behavior disorder and is bipolar," explained Anderson.

Anderson said under the IEP, her 11-year-old daughter is supposed to be under adult supervision at all times. She said that did not happen when Makalia when to the bathroom during class. According to Makalia, two students broke up the fight, but the teacher did nothing when they returned to class and told her.

Anderson said she became even more concerned on Tuesday when she learned Makalia was being suspended.

"The principal told me she didn't know anything," said Anderson. "She was so sorry she wasn't informed about anything when she returned back on campus yesterday. I said 'can you show me the incident report this morning' and she said 'I don't have one.'"

Anderson said it is the second time her daughter has been attacked on campus this school year.

"I'm scared for my baby," said Anderson. "Her needs are not being met. I just can't trust that. I'm scared for her."

The principal, Alicia Franklin, said she is investigating the allegations and will take proper disciplinary action if necessary. However, Makalia's suspension remains in effect.

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