Former Franklin County Teacher Aide Found Guilty of Striking Handicapped Student

A former Franklin County Public Schools teacher’s aide was found guilty this week of charges she assaulted a handicapped student.

Margaret Harris, age 61, was found guilty of one count of striking a handicapped person, which is a misdemeanor.

The student Harris assaulted is 12-year-old Jayden Ossino, who has a form of autism.

“Jayden is handicapped,” Jayden’s mother, Jennifer Watson told CBS17/ WNCN. “She’s autistic. She has Potocki-Lupski Syndrome. She has a delayed myelin growth in her brain, which means developmentally she’s 12 to 24 months.”

Watson told CBS17/WNCN that the assault occurred April 11, 2018.

According to the CBS17/WNCN report, a former co-worker testified that she saw Harris hit the child multiple times “hard enough to bend a large kitchen spoon and leave several bruises.”

The CBS17/WNCN report goes on to say that  Harris was fired, will spend at least 10 days in the Franklin County Jail. After being released, Harris is required to serve 12 months of probation, perform 24 hours of community service, and undergo a mental health evaluation.

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About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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