Bibb teacher charged with cruelty to children for reportedly hitting kids with pointer

Chad Keen was charged with three counts of cruelty to children / Bibb County Sheriff's Office

MACON, Ga. -- A Heritage Elementary School teacher was charged with three counts of cruelty to children for reportedly striking multiple children with pointers.

According to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, 46-year-old Chad Keen turned himself in Tuesday morning.

Keen reportedly struck a 7-year-old boy on the head with a pointer on Nov. 8. As a result, the child had bumps on his head.

That boy's mother notified school officials about her son's bumps. Social workers then notified the Division of Family and Child Services.

The sheriff's office learned about the allegations on Nov. 13.

During an investigation, it was discovered that Keen had also struck two other children, a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old, with the pointer on the same day, according to the sheriff's office.

Lt. Randy Gonzalez with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office said the children were all in a special education classroom at the time they were reportedly struck.

Keen was released Tuesday on $25,350 bond.

Keen and a paraprofessional were both placed on administrative leave after the 7-year-old's mother notified administration about the bumps. Keen's leave is paid and the paraprofessional is not.

According to Stephanie Hartley with the Bibb County School District, both are still employed and on leave.

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