The Metro School Board has suspended an elementary school teacher from DuPont Elementary for allegedly slapping a five-year-old student in the face.
The student is developmentally delayed and believed to have ADHD, according to his mother.
Metro police's youth services division is investigating the incident.
School officials said the teacher is suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
They declined to talk on camera.
The boy's mother, who requested she not be identified, said she is satisfied thus far with the way district leaders have handled the incident.She told Nashville's News 2 DuPont's principal notified her of the incident over the phone last Thursday.
"They were trying to put him in timeout and he threw a fit, and she lost her cool and slapped him in the face," she explained.
"Obviously that makes me angry. I understand losing your cool, but you don't slap a kid in the face, ever," she continued, adding, "Maybe she should not be teaching kids if she cannot keep her cool."
According to the boy's mother, there was no mark on her son's face, and she is unsure if her son would have told her what happened.
The alleged incident was witnessed by two other staff members, according to the mother, who's thankful they reported what happened.
"They could have hidden this and we would not have known, so thanks for doing the right thing," she said.
The young boy is back at school and doing well, according to his mother.
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