Southwestern Elementary Teaching Aide Charged With Spraying Child In Eyes

A teaching aide with the Southwestern Central School District has been charged with spraying a 5-year-old boy with cleaning solution.

The aide, Terry L. Kemp, of East Second Street, Jamestown, was charged Monday with endangering the welfare of a child. Ellicott police said the incident allegedly took place in the Southwestern Elementary School cafeteria on March 20.

A police report said Kemp sprayed the boy while cleaning tables in the lunch room. The solution reportedly got into the boy’s eyes, and he was taken to the nurse’s office where his eyes were flushed with water.

Police said the child suffered no injuries.

The nurse at the school contacted the boy’s mother, who then notified police. Authorities weren’t able to talk to Kemp until this week because the school has been on spring break since March 22.

According to Ellicott police Detective Brad Knight, Kemp said she meant no harm when she sprayed the child. The Jamestown resident told police she was being “playful” when the incident occurred.

When contacted, Southwestern School District Superintendent Maureen Donahue had no comment, noting the incident was a personnel matter.

See Wednesday’s edition of The Post-Journal for complete coverage.