A St. Joseph County teacher faces criminal charges after allegedly slapping a special needs student.
Saundra Yute was arraigned Friday afternoon on a battery of a child charge, which is a Class D felony.
A teacher's aide reported seeing Yute slap at 12-year-old student in the face and buttocks after the student had an accident in a bathroom at Laville Junior-Senior High School.
"I really was in shock at first," said Tracy Martin, the student's mother. "When you have a special needs child that can't tell you what happens, you have no way of knowing what goes on. You need to be able to trust the people that are working with your kids."
On November 20, the teacher and the aide went to the main office to discuss the incident with the principal.
"We determined it was best for the teacher to resign," said Jeremy Tucker, principal at the school.
Tucker said that the teacher cleaned out her classroom that day and has not returned to school premises.
At Yute's arraignment, the judge decided on a "no contact" order to prevent Yute from contacting the student victim in any way.
The student in question suffers from Sturge-Weber Syndrome, is mostly non-verbal and has trouble with tasks like going to the restroom on her own, according to Martin.
A retired licenses special needs teacher has been brought in to take over Yute's class.
The student resumed going to classes this week.
Yute is scheduled for another court appearance on December 26.