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Parents allege abuse of autistic students by Bay Area teacher

Larry Evans, of Antioch, describes how his son Malik Evans, 6, who is autistic, would reach over and grab his arm when he was opening the car door to drop him off at his school in Antioch, as his wife Megan Evans looks on as the two parents talk from their attorneys office in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Dan Rosenstrauch)

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.

ANTIOCH — The parents of three autistic San Francisco Bay Area kindergarten students allege a teacher slapped, pinched and verbally abused their kids and picked the nose of one student and made him eat it.

They filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Wednesday against the Antioch school district and Mno Grant Elementary School teacher Theresa Allen-Caulboy.

According to the Contra Costa Times (http://bit.ly/ZBSRSt), the lawsuit accuses the 55-year-old Allen-Caulboy of backhand-slapping one of the kids several times, picking his nose and forcing him to eat it and driving her knee into his back while restraining him.

District Superintendent Donald Gill said in a statement Allen-Caulboy is no longer a district employee. The district declined further comment.

Antioch police have presented an abuse case against Allen-Caulboy involving one student, but she has not been charged.

A call to Allen-Caulboy by The Associated Press on Thursday was not immediately returned.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com

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