Warsaw teacher accused of dragging, sitting on student

A Harrison Elementary School teacher was arrested Friday after police were called to the school about an incident involving an 8-year-old student.

Debra Jeanne Wiley, 58, of 2901 Glad St., Warsaw, was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail at 7:07 p.m. Friday and faces a Level 6 felony charge for battery to a person less than 14 years of age.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday in Kosciusko Superior Court I, on Friday Warsaw police were called to Harrison Elementary, 1300 Husky Trail, Warsaw.

Upon arrival, the officers met with Matthew Deeds, principal of the school; Sheila Howe, director of human resources for WCS; and Dr. David Robertson, assistant superintendent of WCS. According to court papers, the group told police that they wanted to report an incident that had occurred earlier that day between Wiley and an 8-year-old student. The incident in question had been reported by several teachers and was immediately investigated, court papers state. Deeds told police that the incident was captured on video, and he provided that video to police.

In the video, according to the affidavit, is an incident that lasted over 8 minutes outside of Wiley’s classroom. The video begins with Wiley, who appears to be telling the child to sit down, as the child stands with the child’s back against the wall.

“Wiley abruptly grabs the ankle of (the child), causing (the child) to fall on (the child’s) bottom. Numerous times during the video, Wiley can be seen aggressively grabbing (the child’s) ankles, pulling (the child’s) feet out from under (the child) and causing (the child) to fall hard on (the child’s) bottom,” the affidavit states. “At one point during the incident, Wiley grabs (the child) by one ankle and drags (the child) approximately 7 feet across the carpeted hallway to a position outside Wiley’s room where she wants (the child) to sit. Several times, Wiley uses her hands and the weight of her body to pin (the child) to the ground, while attempting to force (the child) into the position Wiley wants. During the incident, Wiley appeared upset with (the child), and (the child) appears uncomfortable with the force used by Wiley.”

According to court papers, when police asked Wiley about it, she admitted to grabbing the child’s legs and pulling them out from under the child to try to get the child to sit down.

Wiley’s bond was set at $5,250, and a no contact order was issued.

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Charles U Farley September 25, 2020 at 12:51 pm

I’ll bet $5250 that the poor little darling’s parents don’t make him listen at home either. Can you imagine how horrible this tyke behaves to elicit that kind of reaction? There were probably issues well before this incident.

H September 25, 2020 at 7:29 pm

Charles you really feel that way? I feel bad for you and your kids if you have any. That’s not right for an 8 year old to be treated like that. Im all for proper discipline and spankings by his parents but that’s abuse. He might not have done anything you don’t know either way its wrong.What a weak minded women to be upset that bad by an 8 year old. Sounds like you might fit into that category. I bet you wouldn’t feel the same if I dragged you around partner.

Charles U Farley September 28, 2020 at 8:28 am

You gotta look at the odds. How many kids has this teacher dragged around, and what’s so special about this one? The only difference here is the individual student. Partner.

Kids have no respect, no common sense, no parents, no accountability and no chance just the way the left wants it September 28, 2020 at 12:34 pm

This is a typical kid now and will undoubtabley win numerous “participation” trophys in his life. I hope this kid is black and the teacher is white so protests, looting, violence can ensue. We live in a great period in our history! Kids have no respect, no common sense, no parents, no accountability and no chance just the way the left wants it

H September 28, 2020 at 6:25 pm

Odds are good your making assumptions Charles. You don’t know that the teacher hasn’t done this before. I must have missed where it says this is her only incident of misconduct against a student. I must have also missed where it says that there is a history of problems with this kindergartner. Assumptions just make an ass out of you in this case….partner.


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