Special education teacher accused of abusing students

A special education teacher in Miami has been fired from her job and arrested after she allegedly abused multiple students.

60-year-old Graciela Reyes-Marino of Auburndale Elementary School was arrested on Thursday after authorities learned that she punched two of her students on different occasions.

According to one report, a witness reported that Reyes- Marino attacked a student because he repeatedly refused to sit down and then kicked her:

“Defendant asked victim one to sit down repeatedly. When victim one stood up for the third time, defendant forcefully sat him down by putting both hands on his shoulders. Victim one stood up, screamed ‘No,’ kicked defendant and threw himself to the floor. Defendant forcefully lifted victim one from the ground, proceeded to kick him in the leg and punch him with a closed fist on his upper back area prior to sitting him down,” according to the police report.

In another incident, Reyes reportedly grabbed a student by the wrist and shoved him into the bathroom area for several seconds because the student refused to stop crying.

In a final reported incident, Reyes-Marino was alleged to have punched another student on the top of his back because he refused to stop looking under the desk during their reading session.

The Miami-Dade County Public School district released a statement saying:

Reyes- Marino denies all allegations of using physical restraints on any of the children and says that in the incident with the child being left in the bathroom, she was going to get a diaper for that child.

“Miami-Dade County Public Schools is deeply disturbed about the serious allegations made against the employee. Conduct such as the one she is accused of will not be tolerated.”

While the investigation is still ongoing, M-DCPS officials reported that Reyes-Marino will no longer be able to seek future employment with M-DCPS.