MANAWA, Wisconsin (WGBA) – Newly released surveillance footage from inside a Manawa, Wisconsin school shows what some say is a teacher abusing a student with special needs in a February incident.
Former teacher 44-year-old David Bessette is now facing one count of causing mental harm to a child, and one count of child abuse. Both are felonies.
According to the criminal complaint, Bessette allegedly dragged a 13-year-old autistic student through the hallways by his arms and legs, and even doused him with water, which caused the student to take his clothes off.
Staff members say the boy’s aversion to wet clothes was well known, and that even a few drops would cause him to change clothes.