Retired Teacher Charged With Hitting Special Needs Student

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A retired Jackson County teacher accused of hitting a special needs student has been charged with battery.

WSAZ-TV reports that police charged former Ripley Elementary art teacher Vicki Shockey on Tuesday.

Shockey is accused of hitting a student in late February. She retired at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

The student's father, John Williams, tells WSAZ that his 11-year-old autistic son was struck when he didn't follow Shockey's directions.

Shockey declined to comment.