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JCPS substitute banned from school property following alleged assault

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The alleged incident happened at J.B. Atkinson Elementary. The alleged incident happened at J.B. Atkinson Elementary.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson County Public School substitute teacher is accused of assault. The alleged incident happened at J.B. Atkinson Elementary on Monday in the Portland neighborhood and the district says the substitute is no longer allowed on property.

One student in the classroom says the incident happened after other kids started acting up.

"Some of them were yelling and talking back and stuff and one kid called another kid the wrong name and he said a different name than he really was," said fifth grader Molly Strane-Harris.

Strane-Harris says the substitute was not being very nice. Her dad gave her permission to speak with us.

"She kept on calling people ignorant and retarded and she punched a kid," said the student.

The school district confirms that the substitute is accused of assaulting one student and pushing another. The principal and her staff immediately spoke with others who witnessed what happened.

"The kid came up and tried to hug her because she said all the good kids get a hug, so she went like that (hitting motion) and punched him," said Strane-Harris.

Principal Stephanie Nutter called JCPS's Compliance Department and the Security Department, which is now investigating.

District spokeswoman Helene Kramer says the principal escorted the teacher out of the building and the substitute is now banned from Atkinson property.

In a statement sent to WDRB News, Kramer says the principal called or notified every family of each child affected and the case is now in the hands of Child Protective Services.

Kramer ended by stating, "assaulting a student is unacceptable and in violation of JCPS policy."

We were not able to get the substitute's name by this posting, or figure out how long the teacher has been with the district.

CPS could turn the case over to LMPD's Crimes Against Children Unit and parents are urging police to get involved.

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