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Tiffanie Conway is a proud mother of two energetic children. Dylan is 7 1/2 and Lillian is 4.

Dylan requires extra attention at home and school because he has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. 

Tiffanie and her husband enrolled him at Prospect Elementary soon after they moved to Mansfield last year.They loved Prospect, but said they had to move him to another school because the classroom size was too big and Dylan couldn't focus.

Sherman Elementary seemed like a perfect fit, with smaller class sizes and teachers with special education backgrounds. They say Dylan loves school and always wants to go, but those feelings suddenly changed last Thursday.

Dylan came home and told Tiffanie his teacher hurt him after he wouldn't sit down and pay attention in class. She found red marks and bruises on his chest, underarms and face. She immediately took him to OhioHealth Medcentral Mansfield to have him looked at.

Tiffanie then filed a police report, which was forwarded to Richland County Children Services.

A case has since been opened investigating Mansfield City Schools and the teacher in question.

She says her son's story never changed and she has no reason not to believe him.

Larry Gibbs, Mansfield City Schools Public Relations Consultant confirmed there was an incident that took place Thursday, January 22 but says the school cannot make a statement until Children Services completes their investigation.

Tiffanie says she doesn't want to lose a valued special needs teacher, but activity like this is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

Dylan's parents have pulled him out of Sherman while he awaits enrollment at another school specialized in helping students with disabilities.

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