Lai Ying T. Escobedo Wiki – Bio
Lai Ying T. Escobedo, 44, a Des Plaines elementary school teacher, faces four misdemeanor counts of assault stemming from allegations that she physically abused several young students in December and January, police said Thursday.
Lai Ying of the 200 block of South Lancelot Lane in Palatine, pulled students’ ears, hit them over the head with a folder or a fist, and shoved their heads into tables where sit down, the students told the researchers.
The children involved are a 7-year-old boy, two 7-year-old girls, and an 8-year-old girl, police said. None were seriously injured, police said.
Lai Ying T. Escobedo is 44 years old.
Accused of beating students and pulling their ears off
According to police, the alleged assaults took place between December 21 and January 11 at North Elementary School in Des Plaines. Officials with Des Plaines Elementary School District 62 were notified of the allegations at the end of the school day on January 11 and immediately removed Escobedo from his duties, police said.
The next day, school officials notified Des Plaines police, who investigated with the help of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, authorities said. Escobedo has worked at North since August 2013 as a second-grade bilingual resource teacher, District 62 officials said.
In a message sent to North Elementary families Thursday morning, District 62 Superintendent Michael Amadei wrote that Escobedo is not allowed on any district property and has had no further contact with students since he was removed and placed on administrative leave.
“Principal (Carolyn) Allar and her team have been providing support to the students and families directly affected by these allegations,” Amadei wrote. “At this point in the investigation, we understand that no other students have been affected. If new information emerges, the parents of any affected students will be contacted immediately.”
Escobedo, who turned herself in to the police and was released on individual bail, will appear in court on April 3. The charges against her are class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail.
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