In a shocking revelation that could shake the very foundation of the education system, a once-respected teacher is accused of a horrifying act that raises questions about the values we instill in our children.
67-year-old kindergarten teacher Mamie Aplon, who has devoted her life to the community of Jasper, now faces the possibility of spending a year behind bars after a single appalling mistake. Aplon’s error was not a small one – in fact, it is downright repulsive when you hear the details of what she allegedly did to one of her young students. Charged with the misdemeanor of “official suppression,” Aplon’s once-respected reputation at Few Primary School has been forever tarnished.
The prosecution’s accusation is stomach-churning: Aplon, a previously respected kindergarten teacher, is said to have forced a boy to “eat his own feces” as an extreme form of punishment. Jasper Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Hyden confirmed that the allegations were reported on the same day that Aplon is alleged to have forced the child to consume his own waste.
Aplon, daughter of former Jasper Mayor R.C. Horn, appeared before County Judge Mark Allen on Friday, and her bond was set at $10,000. Despite the appalling and indefensible nature of the charges, Aplon’s friends and colleagues have come to her defense, claiming that she is an extremely compassionate teacher who “loves all of her students” and would never commit such a heinous act against a child.
Although Aplon has not yet been proven guilty, she must now face the court and defend herself against these horrifying allegations. If convicted, Aplon could spend a year in prison and be fined up to $4,000 – a harsh sentence for a senior citizen to endure.
The prosecution’s account of the incident should send chills down the spines of parents everywhere. Aplon allegedly forced the child to “eat his own feces” and subjected him to other humiliating acts of mistreatment on September 25, 2019.
Dr. Hyden, the superintendent, issued a statement on behalf of the school district, stating that Aplon was placed on administrative leave as soon as the allegations were reported. “The district has cooperated fully during the investigation of this matter and will continue to do so,” he told 12 News. “As this is a sensitive student and personnel matter, the district cannot provide further details about the incident. However, the issue of the safety and well-being of Jasper students is our top priority.”
Aplon was indicted by a Jasper County grand jury on October 31, 2019, approximately a month after the alleged incident. The indictment alleges that Aplon intentionally subjected the victim, identified as E.J., to horrific acts of mistreatment while “acting under the color of her employment as an educator,” including forcing E.J. to eat his own feces.
Despite the severity of the accusations, Aplon’s supporters have taken to social media to defend her. Fellow educator and colleague Nancy Pace wrote, “I had the pleasure of two years of recess with this lady, and she sure did teach me a lot about teaching.”