Mother says her autistic son was beat at school

ATCO, NJ (WTXF) A local mother sent FOX 29 photos, which she says are evidence of what allegedly happened to her teenage autistic son at school. 

According to Nilda Torres. she got a call Wednesday afternoon from her son's caretakers explaining that Jordan, a 15-year-old with autism, got hurt at school. According to his mother, Jordan's able to say he was hit , punched in the face twice. Torres says her son told her it was at the hands of a classroom aide. She shared pictures of Jordan with cuts on his arm, bruises across his chest and a swollen likely broken nose.

Torres says she was told by an administrator at Archway Lower School in Atco, New Jersey, that Wednesday her son was found pinned against the corner of a classroom closet crying while an aide stood over him, screaming. The school has not confirmed this with FOX 29.

"She actually observed what was going on and said protocol was to remove the student, make sure he was safe,  and then call the state. I asked if police was called she said no," Torres said.

Torres immediately made that call. She says she's pressing charges against the aide who allegedly assaulted her son. 

"It was an assault on a vulnerable child with a disability," Torres explained.

Waterford Township police say they are reviewing the case. 

Archway school would not confirm details of the incident  nor would they confirm the status of the staff member accused in the assault. They issued a statement saying quote:  "The safety of our students is and always will be our top priority. We immediately reported the incident to the New Jersey Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit and are cooperating fully with their investigation as well as that of the Waterford Township police. We are fully committed to providing a safe and secure environment for those in our care."

Jordan requires a one-on-one aide. It's unclear where that staff member was at the time of the alleged incident. Torres says the school has not given her any information.

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