Parents react to arrest of former special education teacher charged with battery


CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A former special education teacher has been charged with quite a few counts of battery from inside her personal classroom.

The former teacher is 66-year-old Nancy Boggs, who was employed at Holz Elementary.

Boggs retired earlier this month after the varsity district suspended her in September, however she’s now dealing with felony prices.

On Thursday night, Beth and Craig Bowden, the mother and father of a 9-year-old special wants baby who was in her classroom, had been feeling grateful.

“We are the voice of our son, and you cannot understand the trauma from this type of abuse unless you are the parent of a special needs child,” stated Beth Bowden.

We are the voice of our son, and you can’t perceive the trauma from this kind of abuse until you’re the dad or mum of a special wants baby.”

Beth bowden

Back in September, the couple noticed the unimaginable: classroom footage of their son’s trusted, special education teacher Nancy Boggs, verbally and bodily abusing their son who has Cerebral Palsy.

On Thursday, Boggs was arrested following a felony investigation by the Charleston Police Department and charged with 23 counts of battery and one rely of verbal abuse of an uncommunicative baby.

“It’s important to understand that this happened more than 23 times,” stated Craig Bowden.

The Bowdens allege, per the footage they seen, that their son was not the one scholar to be verbally and bodily assaulted by Boggs on that day in her classroom.

The couple now has a lawsuit pending in opposition to Kanawha County Schools and Boggs.

They say the perfect final result of this example is to have the state legislature change the digicam legal guidelines for special wants school rooms, giving faculty principals extra freedom to assessment footage from inside special wants school rooms at their discretion.

“Bad habits are hard to break so the presence of these cameras in these special needs classrooms is obviously not deterring abuse because we have Horace Mann and now we have Holz, and it’s reasonable to assume that this is still going on right now in special needs in Kanawha County and across the state,” stated Mr. Bowden.

The Bowdens plan to proceed their lawsuit.

In the meantime, Ms. Boggs is on the South Central Regional Jail.

Her bail is ready at $100,000.

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