WILMINGTON, MA — 7 News Boston recently reported that the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has decided not to charge a former teacher accused of abusing at least 4 students at the Wildwood Early Childhood Center in Wilmington.
The DA’s Office declined to talk specifically about the case with the news station, but did state: “There are many reasons why an investigation may not have led to charges. This includes, primarily, our assessment as to whether we have sufficient evidence to sustain our high burden of proof.”
An independent investigation — authorized and funded by the Wilmington school system — previously concluded that 4 students were, in fact, abused in Classroom #7 at the Wildwood Early Childhood Center — 3 during the 2020-2021 school year and 1 during the 2019-2020 school year.
The investigation found that the teacher in question grabbed, held and shoved with their foot students over multiple school years.
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families also found neglect and abuse in its own investigation into the allegations.
Some of the parents of the involved children publicly expressed their frustration with the DA’s decision.
“I was not expecting it. It hadn’t really been an option in how I saw this playing out,” one parent told Channel 7 Boston. “There were three of them who had bruises at the same time. It should have been a sure thing.”
“[The DA’s Office] repeated utterly that they were sorry but unfortunately as we’ve been told before … children make terrible witnesses, children with special needs make the worst,” relayed another parent.
A group of parents have reportedly hired an attorney for a potential civil case. The parents would also like to see cameras installed in special education classrooms, to protect the community’s most vulnerable students who may not be able to speak up for themselves.