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GBI investigates incident between Turner Co. student, teacher

The GBI is investigating allegations against a Turner County High School teacher. (Source: WALB News 10) The GBI is investigating allegations against a Turner County High School teacher. (Source: WALB News 10)
As of Wednesday afternoon, no charges had been filed.  (Source: WALB News 10) As of Wednesday afternoon, no charges had been filed.  (Source: WALB News 10)
Patrick Downs, 51, is under investigation for an incident that happened during school hours on Tuesday afternoon. (Source: WALB News 10) Patrick Downs, 51, is under investigation for an incident that happened during school hours on Tuesday afternoon. (Source: WALB News 10)
After taking her son to the hospital Tuesday, Kanika Stafford said she saw the video of the scuffle. (Source: WALB News 10) After taking her son to the hospital Tuesday, Kanika Stafford said she saw the video of the scuffle. (Source: WALB News 10)
TURNER CO., GA (WALB) -

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating allegations against a Turner County High School teacher.

According to GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bill Bodrey, Patrick Downs, 51, is under investigation for an incident that happened during school hours on Tuesday afternoon.

As of Wednesday afternoon, no charges had been filed. 

The student's mother, Kanika Stafford, said Wednesday she's upset about the whole situation.

After taking her son to the hospital Tuesday, Stafford said she saw the video of the scuffle.

Stafford said the hospital reported that her son had visible injuries on his neck Tuesday night.

"He had a bruising of the neck, and it was swollen. They told me to bring him back today if it had gotten worse," said Stafford.

According to Stafford, her son and his peers have said that the whole thing started over ice cream.

"My son and another student had a disagreement and my son put on his headphones and turned his head at the coach and that's when the coach came out of the concession stand," she said.

Stafford said that when she first saw her son after the incident, he was in shock.

"He was just crying, couldn't really get out words he was traumatized," said Stafford.

Moving forward, the student's mother said she hopes the truth will come out through the GBI's investigation.

"The situation could have been handled better than that. This is a professional setting, so therefore it should have been handled professionally," said Stafford. "For him to come to school to a place that I trusted these people with my child, that hurts very bad."

The GBI is in possession of a video of the alleged incident, but is not releasing it yet. 

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