BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Parents delivering their children to Waters Edge Elementary School this morning witnessed Mike and Jill Testa engaged in an emotional, informational protest. The parents say their child, 8 at the time, was assaulted by a substitute teacher at the school last February. According to a police report, substitute teacher Cindy Cash placed her hand over the mouth of the child who was holding a door. The child’s head then came in hard contact with that door. The alleged incident was apparently witnessed by several students.
While the substitute teacher denies any wrongdoing and has not been charged, Principal Dianne Rivelli-Schreiber was reassigned to Calusa Elementary School. Other supervisors listed in the police report, including aftercare director Marie Schonger, have been reassigned or are no longer employed by Palm Beach County schools.
Students reported the alleged assault to cafeteria aid Jaclyn Chille moments after it occurred. She immediately used a walkie-talkie to request assistance. She is no longer employed by the school district.
The substitute teacher, however, continues to teach in Palm Beach County.
The Palm Beach County School District Police investigated the claim and determined there was no probable cause to move forward, although questions have been raised about the integrity of the investigation. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office traditionally does not investigate incidents that occur on school grounds. The State Attorney’s Office, based on an initial review by BocaNewsNow.com, was not asked to conduct an independent investigation by the School District police.
Dianne Schreiber was replaced by Principal Joshua Davidow who is receiving glowing reviews from Waters Edge parents. The alleged incident occurred prior to Davidow’s leadership of Waters Edge Elementary.
Here is the complete police report obtained by BocaNewsNow.com. We encourage our readers to read the report in its entirety. Contact us at news (at) bocanewsnow.com with questions, concerns or additional information.
We remind our readers that police reports in Florida are public information per Florida statute. Following the original publication of this article, Palm Beach County School District Spokeswoman Kathy Burstein issued this statement:
“These are serious allegations that, at the direction of Superintendent Avossa, are the subject of several open investigations. Mr. and Mrs. Testa have appeared before the School Board, and recently reached out to the District with additional information regarding the matter. Until the investigations are closed, we are unable to provide further comment.”
Mike and Jill Testa say they will hold another demonstration Monday morning at 7:15 near the school and invite supporters to join them.
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