Pinnacle Employee Charged With Child Abuse

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Huntsville police charged a Pinnacle school security guard with child abuse following allegations by several students at the school.

 On October 31, Julian Lorenzo Boykin,  DOB 4/17/1981 was arrested and charged with torture/willful abuse of a child-non-family.

Julian Lorenzo Boykin (HPD)

The charges stem from an incident several weeks ago. Students reported being beat by Boykin as a form of punishment for misbehaving during class.

Pinnacle is a privately run alternative campus that often takes in children who've been expelled from Huntsville City Schools.
Huntsville city has no direct authority or oversight of pinnacle

Michelle Klaff is the mother of a 14-year-old student who received medical treatment for injuries she says happened while at school.

"You should be able to send your child to go to learn and they should not get abused at school, I mean I fought the school," Klaff said.

Klaff says the school did not take her concerns seriously at first. Klaff and other parents say they are pursing civil suits against the school.

John Wilmer who represents the school issued this statement to WHNT News 19.  "The Pinnacle Schools has thoroughly investigated this matter. We interviewed all witnesses that have been made available to us and we strongly believe Mr. Boykin is innocent of the charges made against him."

Boykin bonded out of jail on a $10,000 bond.

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