A KINDERGARTEN teacher who allegedly made a student eat his own feces could face up to a year in jail.
Mamie Robson Aplon, 67, is accused of “significant mistreatment” of a child at Few Primary School in Jasper, Texas.
Aplon has been placed on leave from Few Primary School in Jasper, Texas[/caption]
She was arrested this week after being charged with “official suppression” – a crime in which a public servant intentionally mistreats a victim.
Aplon forced the unnamed boy, whose age has not been revealed, to the sickening punishment on September 25, prosecutors claim.
Dr Steve Hyden, Jasper Independent School District superintendent, said in a statement that Aplon was placed on immediate leave after the harrowing claims emerged.
He said: “The district has cooperated fully during the investigation of this matter and will continue to do so”, 12 News reported.
The issue of the safety and well-being of Jasper students is our top priority
Dr Steve Hyden
Dr Hyden added that the sensitivity of the case means he cannot provide further details about the allegations.
But, he continued: “The issue of the safety and well-being of Jasper students is our top priority.”
Aplon was charged on October 31 – with a grand jury indictment naming the alleged victim only as “E.J.”
The indictment alleged that Aplon subjected E.J. to mistreatment that she “knew was unlawful, namely causing E.J. to eat his own feces.@
It added that the teacher was “acting under the color of her employment as an educator.”
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Aplon is the daughter of former Jasper mayor R.C Horn.
She appeared in court on Friday where County Judge Mark Allen set her bond at $10,000.
Despite the charge, friends and well-wishers have rallied to support Aplon – who was described as a compassionate teacher who “loves all of her students”.2
One fellow teacher wrote: “I had the pleasure of two years of recess with this lady and she sure did teach me a lot about teaching.
“She always loved her kids so much!
“In fact, in the summer following my first year teaching she enlisted my help for her project of feeding students that summer.
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“Kids called her saying they were hungry and she fed them.”
Aplon, who was released on bail, faces up to one year in jail and a fine of $4,000 if found guilty.
It is unclear when she will make her next court appearance.
Aplon did not respond to a request for comment.
Aplon, 67, faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine if found guilty[/caption]
Friends of the teacher have lent their support to Aplon despite the charge[/caption]