SAN ANTONIO-- A teaching assistant with the San Antonio Independent School District was placed on paid administrative leave Monday.
The teaching assistant works at Jefferson High School. Vivian Zavala alleges the teaching assistant shook and hit her daughter the Friday before
Spring Break. "I was told that he shook her profusely, and hit her on the shoulder several times calling out her name, " added Zavala.
Zavala said she was told this information by Adult Protective Services. Adult Protective Services could not comment on the investigation.
Zavala says her 22-year-old daughter Amanda can't tell her mom what's going on inside her classroom.
"It's just hard you know to know that I can't ask her what happened, because she can't talk, " Zavala went on to say.
Amanda, Zavala says was born with Angelman syndrome. "She'll never learn how to sign or speak, so she can't tell me anything, " she said.
Vivian Zavala says she's still in disbelief about an incident she says happened inside her daughters classroom at Jefferson High School.
Zavala told News 4 she did not send her child to school on Monday not knowing what would happening. "I'm just very upset, I wish I didn't have to send her there, " Zavala said.
The San Antonio Independent School District says school administrators and school police are investigating the allegations.
"We certainly take it seriously and you know it's in everyone's best interest for the employee to be on leave while we look into it, and fully understand what may or may not have occurred, " said Leslie Price with SAISD.
Zavala says depending on the outcome of the investigation she does intend to press charges.
"I just hope everybody out there that has disabled children keep an eye on them, go check on them once in a while, " Zavala added.
Zavala tells News 4 her daughter Amanda will be graduating in May.