Mother: Special needs son was attacked by teacher’s aide

CHICAGO, IL (WCMH) — A Chicago parent is speaking out after she says her son was abused by a charter school employee.

Monice Guess says her 12-year-old special needs son Rashawn was at Foundations College Prep, a charter school in the Chicago Public School District, when a teacher’s aide attacked him.

“She grabbed him by the neck, threw him against some steel lockers that’s in the classroom and threw him down to the ground and she slapped him a few times,” Guess told WBBM.

An incident report from the school says that the aide and Rashawn argued with one another following a verbal altercation between Rashawn and another student.  The report says that the aid told Rashawn to leave the room, but he refused. Witnesses say that the aide then tried to knock Rashawn to the ground and the 12-year-old fought back.

“He did tell me after she attacked him he picked up a chair,” Guess said. “But any dog would bite back.”

When asked how she would describe her son, Guess said that he was hyperactive and moody at times, but that shouldn’t excuse what happened. Guess has filed a police report and thinks the teacher’s aid should be arrested.

“And to know that someone physically attacked my son — it’s very traumatic to him, traumatic to me and my family,” Guess added.

Chicago Public Schools officials have said the district is working to ensure the incident was addressed appropriately and that they are “deeply concerned” by the allegations against the aide. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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