A mother in Mission spoke out on Tuesday after learning that her autistic son was being mistreated by his teachers.
“I never imagined I was going to be in this position,” said Aney Estrada, the victim’s mother.
Estrada said she was able to see surveillance video inside a classroom where her son was being mistreated by the person that’s supposed to educate him. It was a video she says was too hard to watch.
“No I couldn’t, it was too graphic,” Estrada said.
On Wednesday, Estrada went to Alton police and filed a police report.
Estrada said that in the video, the teacher and two paraprofessionals physically and verbally abused her son as well as other students.
Estrada’s son is autistic and non-verbal and can only communicate with two word phrases.
In a written statement, a Mission C.I.S.D. spokesperson said in part, “Campus and district officials have been working to address recent concerns brought forward by parents regarding a certain classroom at one of the district’s elementary schools. Immediate steps were taken.”
Mission C.I.S.D.’s spokesperson said the employees involved are no longer employed by the district.
“I feel that they didn’t do enough,” Estrada said. “They aren’t doing enough.”
The school district declined to give Estrada a copy of the surveillance video.
Estrada said she was told she would have to seek legal means to obtain it.
As for now, Estrada said she’s not done fighting.
“Justice is going to be served and the truth is going to come out,” Estrada said.