2 Springfield school employees on leave following abuse allegations

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two Springfield Public School employees have been removed from their schools while the district investigates complaints that students were hurt by school staffers.

Springfield Public Schools Spokesperson Azell Cavaan told 22News that there have been allegations against two school-based services employees at the Springfield Public Day Elementary School.

Cavaan said the allegations include claims that students’ arms were broken at school while under the care of staff members.

Cavaan also told 22News the school has launched an investigation and made it a priority.

“As soon as a report is made to the school, they launch into action,’ Cavaan explained. “Clearly, we take every allegation very seriously. This is, of course, no different.”

Cavaan said that the employees in question work as interventionists, whose job it is to de-escalate difficult behavioral situations at the schools.

The employees are on paid leave, and have been removed from the school buildings while the investigation is ongoing.

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