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MARICOPA, Ariz. -

A special needs teacher is out of a job after parents complained about rough treatment in her classroom. It happened at Santa Cruz Elementary School in Maricopa.

That teacher had only been on the job for three weeks and was supplied to the district by an outside company. The school district is not telling us the name of the teacher, saying personnel records are confidential.

Inside Santa Cruz Elementary School in Maricopa is a special classroom for students with emotional and learning disabilities. And by that room is a "focus room" -- a time-out room.

Lisa Thompson says that's where the teacher dumped her 9-year-old son Bradley

"My understanding was that Bradley was physically thrown into the focus room, and the door was locked on him, and paper was covering the window with tape so you can't see out or anybody can see in, and he was left there for some time," said Lisa Thompson.

Bradley suffered contusions and had to wear a sling for three days. Danelle Mayfield says her son Travis endured similar treatment.

"He is scared, does not want to go to school. He cries all the time. Took him into school like today, and he had tears running… he did not want to go into school," said Mayfield.

Parents complained about the rough treatment to the school district.

"The district began an investigation at that point in time and came to a conclusion the best thing was to ask that individual in that classroom to leave," said Tom Beckett, Maricopa Unified School District.

Now Maricopa Police are looking into the case.

"Anything that involves children, you want to make sure that you cover all your bases, that your T's are crossed, your I's are dotted. That is why we contact the county attorney's office to see if there's any type of charges that need to be forwarded onto them for case review," said Ricardo Alvarado, Maricopa Police Department.

The students have a new teacher, and the investigation is ongoing.

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