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Kennedy Middle School Substitute Teacher Charged

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A substitute teacher at Kennedy Middle School in Springfield is being charged with Assault and Battery.

Chandi Jones is accused of pushing and kicking a student in early November.

On November 9 we spoke with the student and her mother to discuss the alleged assault.

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

Tracy’s daughter Kalye told us Chandi Jones got upset with her when she was out of her seat during science class on November 7 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.

According to police, the school’s principal told them she knew Jones had lost her temper with the student but didn’t have any knowledge of a physical assault.

Springfield Schools Chief Communications Officer Azell Cavaan told us 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 though.

Jones is scheduled to be arraigned in court next month.




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