Primary school teacher is accused of kicking a six-year-old student with special needs who leaves him with bruises after the boy refuses to make his apple sauce during lunch
- Special Education Teacher in Florida Holly Eicher, 62, accused of child abuse without physical injury with a six-year student
- Witnesses say Eicher was confronted with the boy after he refused to make his apple sauce and stopped cooperating
- Child yelled at the teacher and kicked her, and Eicher allegedly responded by holding his leg to hers and kicking him back
- The boy screamed in pain, spit into Eicher’s face and spilled his apple sauce, which the teacher then cleaned up, according to the sworn statement
- The student’s parents contacted the authorities after seeing bruises and scrapes on his body while bathing him that night
An experienced Florida teacher has been arrested for kicking a six-year-old student with special needs during a lunch incident, leaving the child with bruises on his body.
Holly Eicher, 62, has been accused of child abuse without major physical injury as a result of her confrontation with a student at Spirit Elementary School in Deltona on Valentine’s Day.
According to an indicting statement, quoted by The Daytona Beach News Journal, the boy’s parents contacted the officer of Volusia County Sheriff after they noticed “slight bruises and scrapes” on their son’s shoulders while bathing him on Friday night.
Florida special education teacher Holly Eicher, 62 (left and right), has been accused of child abuse without major physical harm. She is accused of kicking a six-year student
The incident occurred during lunch at Spirit Elementary School in Deltona on Valentine’s Day
They said the boy didn’t have those spots on his body when he left for school that morning.
On Tuesday, one day after the President’s holiday, a delegate responded to the school and interviewed witnesses.
Reportedly, a witness told how the six-year-old no longer cooperated during lunch after Eicher told him to make his apple sauce.
The boy started yelling at the teacher and would have kicked her. Eicher then responded by wrapping her leg around the six-year-old’s leg, using a technique used to stop students.
Eicher was also seen kicking the child under the table, according to witness stories, making him cry out in pain. The six-year-old spit into the teacher’s face and spilled his apple sauce, which Eicher then cleaned up, according to the sworn statement.
After the child had calmed down, he was brought back to class. His parents said they had not been informed that their child was beaten.
Witnesses say that Eicher came into contact with the boy after he refused to make his apple sauce and no longer cooperated. Reportedly, Eicher wrapped her leg around the child’s leg and kicked him, causing him to scream
Eicher was arrested after the student’s parents noticed bruises on his body while bathing him and calling the sheriff’s office
Eicher was arrested Tuesday and later released on bail of $ 1500. She has to go back to court for her trial on 11 March.
In the aftermath of the incident, she was suspended with wages from the school district, where she worked for 18 years as an extraordinary teacher training course.
District records indicate that Eicher was previously accused of physically abusing students in 2015 and 2019, but in both cases, researchers concluded that the allegations against her were not substantial.
According to her Facebook page, Eicher obtained a master’s degree in special education from Nova Southeastern University. She has three adult children herself.