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Cape Girardeau woman claims daughter was hit by teacher

(Hank Cavagnaro, KFVS (Hank Cavagnaro, KFVS
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A woman in Cape Girardeau, Missouri claims that her first grader was hit by a teacher at Jefferson Elementary school.

Both the Cape Girardeau School District and Cape Girardeau Police Department are investigating into the incident. 

Cynthia Davis said her daughter has a disability and needs help using the bathroom. Davis claimed that's where a teacher at Jefferson Elementary hurt her child. Davis claimed that the teacher hit her child in the face on Tuesday, August 30.

"I asked her what happened and she told me that [Teacher's name omitted] from Jefferson Elementary punched her in her mouth really hard," said Davis.

Based on her child's response, Davis filed a police report.

A Cape Girardeau officer confirmed that they are investigating the claim filed against a school employee.

Davis is unsure but said that the disability could have played a part.

"Now mind you she is a child with a disability she still has to have her pull-ups change and I don't know if the teacher is getting frustrated with having to change her," she said. 

Davis is still waiting to hear back from the district as to what will happen next. She does not want her 6-year-old daughter to return to Jefferson but has been happy so far with the district.

"They seem like they didn't take it very lightly and I appreciate that," said Davis. "But I let [my daughter] know she will not be going back there and she advised me that she didn't want to go back to that school and I'll make sure she doesn't."

The superintendent of Cape Girardeau schools, Jim Welker, said they would not comment on the status of the investigation nor if the teacher had been suspended.

They released the following official statement:

"We are working with the Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division to investigate the allegations," said Welker.

We will continue to follow the investigation as it unfolds. 

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