Parents, Teacher Accuse Mount Pleasant Tribal School of Abuse
"This is our tribe and our children should be protected."
Serious accusations tonight about a Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe school.
The school suspended one teacher who is claiming they’re hurting the kids and trying to cover it up.
The Sasiwaans Immersion School is on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation in Mount Pleasant.
A spokesman for the tribe tells Northern Michigan’s News Leaders there is an ongoing investigation into these allegations but there’s nothing they’re willing to comment on yet.
In the meantime we sat down with a teacher and a mother who says she pulled her daughter out of the program over fear for her safety.
"It breaks my heart and it really breaks my heart because Alexis counts on me and there was nothing I could do that day," says the teacher.
This teacher wants to remain anonymous but says she’s fed up with watching teachers at Sasiwaans Immersion School abusing kids.
"[They] hold their eyes shut at nap time holding them down when they wouldn’t go to sleep," says the teacher.
She also says they use these chairs, strapping the kids in so they can’t move around while they learn and when they’re put in timeout.
She tried to get a video of 2-year-old Alexis strapped down, but got caught and was suspended.
She was hyperventilating. She didn’t even know what she was in trouble for at that point and they wouldn’t let me take her out
The girl’s family says the school never told about the incident.
They says she’s come home several times with unexplained bruises and bite marks.
"One time we even picked her up her, there was no contact, and her cheek was actually bleeding her skin was broke open," says Grandma Victoria Green.
The family understands kids are rough on each other, but says not telling them about injuries and strapping kids down is unacceptable.
"The teachers who personally did this, they need to be escorted out of that school. No one should be handling 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, or 4-year-olds if they can’t handle themselves," says mom Adriana Anger.