MACOMB TOWNSHIP, MI – On January 2nd, 2018, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that a Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) teacher was inappropriately disciplining students. Macomb County Sheriff’s Detectives spoke with several MISD employees who had witnessed these incidents and brought them to the attention of school officials.
Information was given that Brittany Stevens, 28, out of Mt. Clemens was verbally and physically abusing her students, who are non-verbal, autistic children 8-9 years of age. This abuse was not sexual in nature. The student victims are all in good health at this time and received no serious injuries.
Stevens taught out of the Sequoyah Elementary building but was employed by the Macomb Intermediate School District as a teacher in the Autism Program. The Autism Program is housed in several educational facilities throughout the county. The MISD has made notification to all of the victim’s parents and has been completely cooperative with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.
“The MISD’s first priority is for the safety and welfare of our students and families. As a result of our internal investigation, assisted by legal counsel, we have discharged the teacher.” MISD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Operations David Rilley. MISD Attorney Gary Collins, Collins and Blaha, P.C., states, “The MISD Administration responded promptly and appropriately to protect students. We are pleased that law enforcement has acted so quickly.”
The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office issued three counts of Child Abuse – 2nd Degree (10 year felony) for Stevens. She was arraigned in the Shelby Township 41-A District Court on 2/7/18 and given a $10,000.00 personal bond. She is scheduled to be back in the Shelby Township 41-A District Court for a Probable Cause Conference on 3/1/18 at 1:30pm.