Three Horace Mann Middle School Employees Facing Battery Charges


KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Three employees at Horace Mann Middle School in Charleston face battery charges after police say they were filmed mistreating students in a needs class specials.

Police said the violence was physical and verbal.

Walter Pannel, who according to the HMMS website is a college aide, is accused of pushing, dragging and spanking a student with an intellectual disability. According to a criminal complaint, Pannel also threatened to “punch the student in the nose” if they kept looking at his sandwich. It faces battery charges.

Lillian Branham, who is also listed as an aide, is accused of slapping a nonverbal student on the hands, grabbing him by the chin and slapping him several times with an open hand, which caused the student to stand up hands and curl up. defense. She is facing battery charges.

Anthony Wilson, who is listed as a “stern / deep teacher” on the Horace Mann Middle School website, is accused of forcefully grabbing a nonverbal student by the arm and holding him while an assistant was shaking and spanked him. He is also accused of helping an assistant hang the student on a bean bag chair when the student almost banged his head against a piece of furniture.

We are working to find out more about the situation. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

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