Report: Teacher's aide battered special needs students; says he didn't have training

LAS VEGAS - According to an arrest report released Tuesday, the students allegedly battered by 61-year-old Theodore Levrich were special needs students. One student has Autism, Cerebral Palsy and is non-verbal, the report said.

The incident happened on April 25, but Levrich was arrested on Nov. 1.  It happened at Doris French Elementary School.

The report said a teacher reported Levrich’s alleged aggressive behavior, so school officials reviewed surveillance footage from the classroom.

In one part of the footage, Levrich is seen trying to put shoes on the child, but then when the child stood up, Levrich pushed him back into the chair. Levrich then grabs the child’s right leg and places it on the table and holds it down, pressing his entire body weight against it for 16 seconds, the report said.

According to CCSD Police, the camera also caught Levrich pushing his head down on the table and aggressively holding it there for numerous seconds, before grabbing the student by the chin and saying something to him. 

The report said, at one point the boy tried to kick Levrich, so he grabbed his leg and pulled him toward him. At one point, when they both were standing, Levrich pushed the child in the back with both of his hands, causing the boy to stumble forward several feet before falling to the ground, the report said. 

In another incident, the arrest report stated that a child is seen lying on the floor before Levrich violently grabs her and pulls her body off of the ground and swings her about two feet in front of him. The report said, Levrich again violently yanked her by her arm off the ground and then releases her causing her to fall to the ground.

Clark County School District Police said Levrich grabbed the child in a manner that could have caused injury to her arm and shoulder. 

When Levrich was questioned by officers about his actions, he said that he did not receive any training from CCSD for that position. When officers asked him had he watched the mandatory training videos Levrich said he wasn’t sure if he had watched them. 

According to the report, Levrich told officers that he wasn’t prepared to deal with the level of violence he had encountered because he didn’t receive any specialized training whatsoever, other than what his co-workers taught him.

Levrich admitted to CCSD Police that he had a meltdown in that situation because the principal had placed him in a situation that he wasn’t prepared for.

Levrich who was employed with the Clark County School District from January 2017- April 2017 was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on two counts of felony child abuse.


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