County Prosecutor reacts to 7 On Your Side investigation into school recordings in W. Va.

(Photo: ABC7)

Friday morning the Berkeley County Prosecutors Office tweeted ABC 7 a copy of a letter where it reacted to our I-Team investigation into a secret recording of disturbing behavior from instructors at Berkeley Heights Elementary School in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The Prosecutor’s Office called the recording shocking and disturbing.


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You can hear instructors on the recording talking to 1st grade students in a special needs classroom.

Instructor #2 "I'm going to pull your hair until you start crying."

Instructor #3 "Don't throw it. Don't throw. You animal you."

Instructor #2 "Yep. You wench."

Amber Pack placed a recording device in her daughters hair after the child didn't want to go back to school.

"I don't understand why you treated her the way you treated her. She didn't deserve that. No kid does,” says Amber Pack, mother to one of the students.

No criminal charges are being filed against the instructors. Under West Virginia law verbal abuse of children is not a crime.

"As a mother it's scary, it really is and as a prosecutor I wish there was more that I could do, but all we can do is try to support those agencies tasked with investigating these sort of matters and try to be supportive of wherever those investigations lead,” says Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Catie Wilkes Delligatti.

West Virginia’s Child Protective Services and the U.S. Department of Education have both opened up their own investigations.

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