More than slap on wrist for educational assistant

Conflicting reports over whether special needs child was slapped
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/02/2013

This edition of You Make the Call features an educational assistant who was fired after it was reported she slapped a special needs student.

The 56-year-old educational assistant worked for the Northeastern Catholic District School Board at a junior elementary school in Kirkland Lake, Ont. In 13 years with the school board, she had no discipline on her record.

On May 4, 2010, the assistant was on the school playground during lunch hour supervising two special needs children. When the bell rang, she brought the children to the door, holding the hand of one of the children who was autistic and six years old. When they arrived at the door, the employee had a small argument with a co-worker — who worked as a custodian and lunch aide — on whether older children should push younger students on the swings. There had been some debate after a younger student had been injured on the swings.