MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A Milwaukee mom says her son came home from school with gashes on his wrist — but not from a playground scuffle. She says it was caused by a teacher’s aide at Manitoba School in Milwaukee.
School had only been in session for a week when Justine Gomez’s son, 4-year-old Steven Widowski, came home in pain.
“I would ask him what happened and he was too scared — like he didn’t want to tell me,” Gomez said.
Gomez said it was not until Sunday the boy finally told her he was scratched by a teacher’s aide in 4-K at Manitoba School.
“She grabbed his wrist. She grabbed it so tight that she put gashes in his wrist with her fingernails,” Gomez said.
Photos show the marks scabbed over on the boy’s wrist. Gomez said the teacher’s aide was trying to move the boy from one line to another.
“Yeah, that is abuse. If a parent did that to a child and the school saw it, the school would be on top of it,” Gomez said.
Milwaukee Public Schools released the following statement on this incident:
“On Sunday, September 15, Manitoba Elementary was contacted by a concerned parent about an injury that occurred to their child on Friday, September 13, during recess.
“MPS takes these matters very seriously and immediately opened an investigation into the situation.
“Because an investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further.”