Candace Balfour and Sgt. 1st Class Edward Balfour are pictured with their children in their home at Robinson Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany. Bryson Washington sits on the floor with a book. The Balfours said they were were frustrated and angry at the way the military's school system handled a finding of emotional abuse substantiated by the Family Advocacy Program against Bryson's former teacher. JOHN VANDIVER/STARS AND STRIPES
Candace Balfour and Sgt. 1st Class Edward Balfour are pictured with their children in their home at Robinson Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany. Bryson Washington sits on the floor with a book. The Balfours said they were were frustrated and angry at the way the military's school system handled a finding of emotional abuse substantiated by the Family Advocacy Program against Bryson's former teacher. JOHN VANDIVER/STARS AND STRIPES

When DODEA investigates its teachers for bullying, parents say they’re left in the dark

by Jennifer H. Svan
Stars and Stripes

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The special education teacher thrust a mirror in her student’s face as he sobbed.

“Look at yourself,” she scolded the boy. “Look at how disgusting that looks.”

The boy, fifth-grader Bryson Washington, was enrolled at the time in Stuttgart Elementary School’s program for students with moderate to severe disabilities, part of the Department of Defense Education Activity system in Europe.

The incident was part of a pattern of abuse that went on in the special needs classroom for months: Bryson would forget a word or write outside the lines, the teacher would punish him, and he’d act out.

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