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Kindergartner hit in the face with ruler by teacher for telling on classmate, family says |

Kindergartner hit in the face with ruler by teacher for telling on classmate, family says
Kindergartner hit in the face with ruler by teacher for telling on classmate, family says Mon, 11 Feb 2019 21:27:12 EST

The mother of a Tennessee kindergarten student said a teacher at the child’s school hit her in the face with a ruler, leaving a large bruise around her eye.

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When Ciara Morgan picked up her daughter, Hailey Turner, from Cummings Elementary School in Shelby County she said she was shocked when saw the 5-year-old’s face.

"I actually cried because she had a big bruise around her eye," Morgan said.

Morgan said the child told her her teacher was responsible.

"Ms. Lewis hit me in the eye with a ruler and told me not to tell anybody," the girl’s aunt, Latasia Turner, said the girl told her.

The girl told her family the teacher hit her with a ruler after she told the teacher that one of her classmates wasn’t following directions.

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The Shelby County School District said they take "any allegation involving the safety of a child extremely serious," but WHBQ-TV reported the teacher was back at school two weeks after the incident.

WHBQ’s Alexa Lorenzo contributed to this story.