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Student claims he was punched by substitute teacher

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Whitten Middle School student claims he was left bloody and swollen after being punched by an adult at the school.

His mother said officials are not giving her much help, and she wants action.

Demonte Drone, 11, told his mother Tikinis Drone and Jackson Public School officials that a substitute teacher left his mouth bloody and swollen after she punched him twice in the face.

The sixth grader said it happened while he was waiting for lunch Wednesday at Whitten Middle School.

"I got in line and then the teacher just came to me and told me to stay in line," Demonte said. "Then my friend had made a mistake and pushed me and then she thought I was jumping at her. Then she just pushed my head and started punching me twice."

His mother, Tikinis Drone, said she was called from her job and told to go to the school where she found her son with blood on his pants and a cut inside his mouth.

Drone said school officials would not give her any information about the female substitute.

"She is gonna have to be fired. I mean like they say ‘No Child Left Behind'," said the upset mother after leaving a meeting at J.P.S. Headquarters Wednesday afternoon. "This done happened several times with my child."

When Drone was asked about teachers having hit her child in the past she replied, "At Lee Elementary too, yes."

The 34 year old would not go into details about her claims.

The Whitten Middle School student said his classmates were the only witnesses, and he immediately reported the incident to the office.

"I have filed a simple assault charge, and the police are investigating. But you said you didn't know who she was. "I don't know who she is, but they will give the police the name," said Drone who was referring to school administrators.

Interim J.P.S. Superintendent Dr. Jayne Sargent released this statement.

"Mrs. Drone has reported to us a concern about an incident involving her son and a teacher," Sargent said. "We are certainly investigating and will take appropriate action."

Drone told WLBT that she plans to transfer her son from Whitten and hire an attorney to take legal action.

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