Bridgeport (WTNH) - Officials in the
School System are speaking out after a teacher was arrested for
allegedly forcing a student to eat his lunch from a garbage
The Superintendent of Bridgeport schools addressed the issue
today before cameras.
Superintendent John Ramos said the incident was reported last
Thursday at Park City Magnet School. The teacher, 67-year old Anne
O'Donnell, of Fairfield, was concerned her kindergarten student did
not eat lunch. So, she took steps to try to make sure the student
had something to eat.
Children and Families was informed and chose not to take the
case feeling there was no abuse of the child. Ramos repeated the
facts of what happened last week.
"The teacher went into the garbage can and took the banana out
of the garbage can and then asked, or requested, the student to eat
the banana," said Ramos. "That's the extent of this; that's not to
make light of it, but I think the story is taking on other
The parent of the child requested that her child be transferred
out of O'Donnell's class and that request has been granted.
O'Donnell was charged with risk of injury to a minor. The
internal investigation is still ongoing at the school.