A 53-year-old Council Bluffs teacher is facing multiple counts of assault and child endangerment involving a special needs student.
The teacher, Donna M. Thomas, turned herself in to authorities on Thursday and was released on her own recognizance after appearing before a judge.
Thomas is a special education teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School but has been on paid leave since the middle of November.
She is accused of placing a 15-year-old special needs student in a “choke hold” on two or more occasions and forcing the student’s “head down onto a table.” Thomas was arrested on suspicion of two counts of child endangerment, two counts of serious assault, two counts of child endangerment with injury, and neglect or abandonment of a dependent person.
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