Former Tuscaloosa pre-K teacher accused of harming students, facing charges

Katelyn Carter (Tuscaloosa Police Department)

A 26-year-old former teacher at Southview Elementary is accused of physically harming students in her pre-k class.

Katelyn Carter, who turned herself into police Friday morning, is charged with five counts of harassment. She resigned from the school earlier this week.

Police said at least five students were pushed or dragged from underneath a bathroom stall. In a statement, the Tuscaloosa City School System said:

"The Tuscaloosa City Schools received an allegation on October 29 of inappropriate action by a teacher with students. The nature of the complaint led to the teacher being removed from the classroom, pending an investigation by both the school system and the Tuscaloosa Police Department."

Carter's attorney, Mary Turner, released the following statement:

Katelyn has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember and dedicated her education to becoming the best teacher she could be. Katelyn has excelled as a young teacher and adamantly denies these charges. Katelyn looks forward to clearing her name & resuming her career.

Police said an investigation into when the harassment happened, or how long it lasted was ongoing. Carter was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail and was freed shortly after on $5,000 bond.

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