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Springfield Teen Says Substitute Teacher Threatened Her

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield teen says she was threatened and assaulted by her substitute teacher.

“I am afraid for her to go to school,” said Tracy Christiansen, mother.

Tracy’s daughter Kalye says her substitute teacher Chandi Jones got upset with her when she was out of her seat during science class Wednesday afternoon at the Kennedy Middle School.

“She said she was gonna hit me, that she was gonna get people like her son and her daughter to hit me. She was pushing me, while she was pushing me she kicked me in my leg,” said Kayle Christiansen.

Tracy Christiansen headed right to the school after hearing from her daughter to meet with administrators. She also called American Medical Response and police to document the alleged marks on her daughter.

“We are gonna get the officers out here. We are gonna get a report done and whatever we need to do we are gonna do,” said Christiansen.

We visited Chandi Jones to get her side of the story, but she did not want to speak with us, only saying that she was defending herself and denies assaulting Kayle.

The Springfield police officer’s narrative from the incident report says in part: “Mrs. Osgood [school principal] states that Miss Jones told her that she did lose her temper and did threaten Kalye. At this time Mrs. Osgood was unaware of any physical altercation and dismissed Miss Jones for the Day.”

According to Springfield Schools Chief Communications Officer Azell Cavaan there was a full investigation of the allegations and as a result disciplinary action was taken against the substitute teacher. She wouldn’t provide any specific details about the disciplinary action.

“Springfield Public Schools takes the physical and emotional well-being of our students very seriously,” said Cavaan.

Jones was not arrested or charged by police.

The Christiansens are pressing charges and filing a child abuse and neglect claim with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

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