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Parents: Antioch teacher abused autistic students

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POSTED April 4, 2013 10:05 p.m.

ANTIOCH  (AP) — The parents of three autistic San Francisco Bay Area kindergarten students are suing a teacher who slapped, pinched and verbally abused their kids and picked the nose of one student and made him eat it.

They filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in Contra Costa County Superior Court on Wednesday against the Antioch school district and Theresa Allen-Caulboy, a former autism instructor at Mno Grant Elementary School.

According to the Contra Costa Times (, the lawsuit accuses Allen-Caulboy, 55, of Brentwood, Calif., of backhand-slapping one of the kids several times, picking his nose and forcing him to eat it and driving her knee into his back while restraining him.

The newspaper reports that in a separate incident, Allen-Caulboy is accused of pinching another student's nipple.

The lawsuit also said that school officials failed to report the accusations to police as required by law. Antioch police said they submitted an abuse case involving a student to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office for possible charges.

The district is currently on spring break.

Two plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Megan and Larry Evans, told the newspaper that they pulled their 5-year-old son, Malik, out of Allen-Caulboy's class after only five weeks because he would sometimes come home from school crying and had developed an aggressive behavior.

Megan Evans said school officials told her that Malik was going through a transition. She said the family thought everything was behind them until an Antioch police detective called on Feb. 20 and said an aide reported that Allen-Caulboy had backhanded her son.

School district officials had placed Allen-Caulboy on administrative leave in January while it was conducting an internal investigation of the allegations.

The teacher resigned the following month. She had taught at the school since August 2011.

A call to Allen-Caulboy by The Associated Press on Thursday was not immediately returned.


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