CRESTVIEW (AP) — A special education teacher and two aides are charged with abusing children with autism by blowing whistles into one’s ears and locking them in dark bathrooms.READ MORE: Business Owners In South Florida Say They're Struggling To Get Employees Back To Work
The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that teacher Margaret Wolthers surrendered Tuesday to Okaloosa County sheriff’s investigators to face aggravated child abuse charges. Aides Diana LaCroix and Carolyn Madison had already surrendered.READ MORE: ‘Pretty Big Pay Package’: Broward School Board Negotiates $743K Exit Deal For Embattled Supt. Robert Runcie
Sheriff Larry Ashley said the women abused three children between ages 8 and 10 from September to November. He said the women would hold the arms of one child while blowing a whistle into the child’s ears. He said all three children were locked separately into a bathroom with the lights off for up to 90 minutes.
The women said they were disciplining the children and felt the practices acceptable.MORE NEWS: Pembroke Pines PD: 15-Year-Old Bicyclist Killed After Being Dragged Under Minivan For 30 Feet
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