Mother of middle school student says family has been treated poorly since incident

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MADISON (WKOW) — The mother of an 11-year-old Madison middle school student who claims to have been assaulted by an educator says she and her daughter have been treated poorly by school officials, police and the district attorney.

Mikiea Price, her pastor and advocates held a news conference Tuesday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Price maintained her daughter’s lodging of the complaint last month has left Price inadequately helped by any stakeholder, and at times questioned about her own care of her child.

Pastor Marcus Allen says he has watched a surveillance video of a portion of the girl’s encounter last month with a positive behavior coach. Allen says the educator pushed the girl to the ground, and Allen said he awaits the employee’s “arrest.”

Price says a teacher witnessed the incident and can corroborate the girl’s claim.

Madison Schools Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham last week said the district had failed the child, but declined comment on the specific actions of the Whitehorse Middle School staff member, who is on administrative leave.

A schools spokesperson Tuesday said district officials have handled the accusation appropriately.

Madison Police have forwarded their investigation to Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne.

Ozanne will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the case.

Tony Galli

Tony Galli

Reporter, WKOW

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