A West Columbia mother wants answers after her 8-year-old son with Down syndrome came home from school with bruises on his back.


West Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A West Columbia mother wants answers after her 8-year-old son with Down syndrome came home last week with bruises on his back, and the mother believes it was caused by his teacher.

Last week when Mary Downing was giving her 8-year-old son Jonathan a bath she discovered bruises on his back.

"I was angry and hurt," said Downing.

Jonathan has Down syndrome and attends Congaree Elementary School.

An incident report says that after he bit another student; his teacher had to restrain him.

"They were saying that he had to go to time out and they had to restrain him to go to time out and the force that they used left a mark on his back and it was there for about 5 days."

Downing is upset because this isn't the first time its happened. She says two times last year he came home with bruises on his arms.

"This is the third time and there is no call for that, he will not be going back to that school. Because he has had this same behavior when he went to Springdale, Davis and camp GeGe and none of those teachers ever left a mark on him. Why this school why this teacher? "

Downing says she didn't report the first two incidents to law enforcement because it could have been an accident.

We reached out to Lexington District two for a statement and we are still awaiting a response.

Downing believes that teachers need to be trained in how to properly restrain students with special needs.

"I think it was a lack of training and I don't know if it was anger or frustration that they were taking it out on Jonathan."

The mother says those at the school have told her Jonathan's teacher will not be returning next year.

That information has not been confirmed by the District.

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