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Austin ISD special ed teacher accused of biting student

Police say 35-year-old teacher Courtney Nikole "Nikki" Williams intentionally bit a special education student enrolled in Cook Elementary School in Austin ISD. (Photo: Austin Police Department)

A special education teacher at Cook Elementary in the Austin Independent School District is accused of intentionally biting a 9-year-old female student on the arm back in March.

According to an affidavit, on March 6 Courtney Nikole "Nikki" Williams, 35, was attempting to remove the 4th grade student from a classroom because she was being disruptive.

When police spoke to Williams, she told them the girl began to flail her arms once they were in the hallway. According to court documents, Williams told investigators she moved into the conference room across the hall from the classroom and that while she was standing behind the student, the girl started to push her left arm up, making contact with Williams' nose and mouth area.

Williams told police that as she was struck, she was closing her mouth, telling the victim to stop resisting, and the girl's arm went into her mouth. She admitted to biting the victim on the arm, and told police the hit left her with a bloody nose and busted lip.

"I was upset and crying at the same time, because my child goes to school to learn and be safe. Not to be abused," said Librada Henry, mother of the girl.

Williams also told police that several other members of the staff and faculty at the school had seen her injuries.

When asked if she bit down on the girl's arm, Williams said "I don't...to be honest I don't really know, like, I, I may have a little but like I just know like I said it was pretty quick. And like I said, I may have?"

Officers observed a circle which appeared to be a bite mark on the victim's upper left bicep, and the injury broke the skin.

The victim told officers that once she and Williams were in the conference room, Williams held the girl's hands behind her back and bit her on the outside of the uppper left bicep, after which she tried to get away from Williams.

Police also interviewed a Cook Elementary counselor, who told police she heard a scream and witnessed Williams restraining the victim, and that she heard the victim scream "You bit me, you bit me" before coming more aggressive. The counselor told investigators she did not see the victim hit Williams, or see any injuries or blood on Williams after the encounter, nor did any other staff and faculty member Williams claim had observed the injuries.

The chair of the school's special education department was interviewed by police as well, and she stated she felt Williams was "frustrated" with the victim that day and that she felt Williams went "beyond what was required" with the victim, who was merely being non-compliant, by "forcibly" pulling the girl from the chair and using her weight to push the girl out of the room.

Williams was placed on administrative leave after the incident.

Court documents say a nurse practitioner as Dell Children's Hospital Child Abuse Resource and Education analyzed photos of the bite mark on the girl's arm using a special forensic filtering process, allowing the nurse practitioner to determine the bite injury was intentional.

"I could tell it was intentional. it was red, it was top teeth and bottom teeth there is no way an arm just hits you and have both of those marks on your arm," said Henry.

Williams is charged with injury to a child.

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