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Skycrest Elementary teacher, Melanie Jo Fox, accused of abusing special needs students

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Fox is accused of binding the hands and pulling the hair of the six-year-old girl, and pushing down the eight-year-old boy.

 

Clearwater, Florida-- We knocked, but no answer at the home of 44-year-old special needs teacher Melanie Jo Fox -- arrested by Clearwater Police for allegedly roughing up two special needs students at Skycrest Elementary.

"The teacher did admit to some allegations, and was arrested on two counts of child abuse of a six and and eight-year-old, both with special needs," said Clearwater spokesperson Joelle Castelli.

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Fox is accused of binding the hands and pulling the hair of the six-year-old girl, and pushing down the eight-year-old boy. 

When we went looking for information and reaction at the school, parents gave us plenty.

"My reaction? Oh, I can't say cause I'm an Indian, so I wont say on camera what I would do to her," said Mabel Trueblood.

"If it's true, obviously they need to be dealt with," said Rob Karr.

"I think that's insane. They should do better background checks on the teachers," said Jose Ferrer.

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Patricia McMartin knows Fox. She volunteered at the school and became Fox's assistant. 

She showed us the classroom where Fox teaches, and said she can't believe a woman who would pay for students' supplies with money from her own pocket, could do what is alleged.

"O-M-G. No way. She would never do that. She's a sweetheart. She loved the kids. She would never do that to them," said McMartin.

Skycrest Elementary released this statement. It reads in part:

"The district had moved Ms. Fox to a non-student site earlier this week following an investigation which is still under way. Ms. Fox began working for the district as an hourly teacher in 2004 and was hired as a full-time teacher in 2005. She has no prior disciplinary actions on her record."

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