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Conroe teacher pulled from classroom amid abuse investigation

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Kids heal and such is the case with 16-year-old Michelle Preston.

As a deeply disabled student at Conroe ISD's Caney Creek High School, Michelle suffered physical abuse at the hands of her special education teacher.

Multiple witnesses told FOX 26 on one occasion, the girl's head and body were slammed against a wall and pinned for several minutes.  On Dec. 20, two teaching aides blew the whistle on their classroom leader.

"I was actually disgusted with myself for being employed somewhere that would allow a teacher to mistreat a child," said Vicky Gollnisch, an aide who was transferred to a different CISD campus shortly after appearing on FOX 26's original report.

For Michelle's father and grandmother, the anger is still fresh.  Like many kids with special needs, they said Michelle was incapable of telling them she was being harmed.

"Almost every day, she came home from school and she'd be crying.  That's never happened before," said Fred Preston, Michelle's father.

"They put parents in jail for abusing their children.  This teacher needs to be in jail," said Jacqueline Clark, Michelle's grandmother.

FOX 26 has confirmed special education teacher Dorinda Brister has been pulled from her Caney Creek classroom and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation.

"If you can't love the kids, you don't need to be around them," said Fred.

To prevent future abuse at Caney Creek and other schools, Michelle's grandmother is calling for the mandatory installation of surveillance cameras on campuses across the country.

"Where there is no camera, the kids get abused, including the average students," Clark said.  "I mean they have them in the schools already.  Why aren't they in the special needs classrooms?"

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