An ex-teacher has been charged with abusing students with special needs, the Macomb County Sheriff's Office said.
Brittany Stevens, 28, of Mount Clemens, was formally charged in 41-A District Court in Shelby Township with three counts of second-degree child abuse, officials said.
A judge set her bond at $10,000 and scheduled her next court appearance for March 1, police said. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.
Authorities accuse Stevens of inappropriately disciplining students, who are non-verbal, autistic children ages 8-9. They said she verbally and physically abused the students, who are in good health and received no serious injuries. The abuse was not sexual in nature, authorities said.
Stevens worked for the Macomb Intermediate School District as a teacher in its autism program. She taught at the Sequoyah Elementary School building in Macomb Township.
Investigators spoke with several of her co-workers who witnessed the abuse and brought them to the attention of school district officials, according to the sheriff's office.
Police said the intermediate school district notified all of the victim's parents and is cooperating with the investigation.
“The MISD’s first priority is for the safety and welfare of our students and families," David Riley, the district's Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Operations, said in a statement. "As a result of our internal investigation, assisted by legal counsel, we have discharged the teacher.”