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Affidavit Alleges Alcorn School District Employee Struck Autistic Boy

By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
A criminal affidavit alleges an Alcorn School District teacher assistant struck a 9-year-old disabled boy twice with an open hand, causing or attempting to cause “bodily injury.”
The affidavit, which is dated May 9, alleges that Remonda Dale Ellis struck the boy, who suffers from non-verbal autism, on May 9 during a special education class. The afffidavit is on file in Alcorn County Justice Court.
The Alcorn County Jail docket shows that Ellis, 48, was charged with simple assault on a minor.
A hearing has not been scheduled for Ellis, justice court officials said.
The charge is a misdemeanor.
Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell declined comment.
Jail records show that Ellis was booked in Wednesday at 11:35 a.m. and bonded out 23 minutes later.
Alcorn School District Superintendent Larry Mitchell said the alleged incident was “blown out proportion.”
Mitchell added that Ellis no longer works for the school district as of last week after 14 years of employment.
It was unclear which school Ellis worked for. The affidavit states that she was employed at Kossuth Elementary and that the incident occurred there. But Mitchell said she worked at Alcorn Central Elementary. Mitchell added that he does not believe Ellis ever worked for Kossuth Elementary.
The affidavit against Ellis was filed by John Luke Trimble.
Corinth Today requested an incident report from the sheriff, and he said he would see if it could be provided under the state public records law.
Ellis could not be reached for comment.

2 Comments

  1. Sandra Campbell Sandra Campbell May 17, 2018

    How is striking a “child with disabilities” a misdemeanor? I thought anyone with a disability (key word being disabled) was an automatic felony, because they can’t defend themselves!!

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