Debra Copeland School of Bright Promise
Debra Copeland, a physical therapist at the School of Bright Promise in Jefferson County, Ohio was put on paid administrative leave and is facing three charges of child endangerment for abuse that was secretly recorded by an intern. The intern who worked at the School of Bright Promise secretly recorded the sessions with Copeland and two special needs children. The woman who is being identified as BJ told News 9:
“Her demeanor, the way she would speak about the children, sometimes I would hear her talk down to kids. It seemed odd to me.”
BJ recorded one video (posted below) that shows a child during a 30-minute physical therapy session where she can be seen sitting. Copeland then comes over and shoves the little girl back to the ground and says, “Get down now. I said down. No.”
Copeland is also seen picking the little girl up and making her stand with her legs in locked braces stating, ” Stand up you little bitch, stand up.” When I saw this video, I cried. This woman is working with our most vulnerable members of society and what she did and said to this child is beyond cruel and reprehensible.
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