By Bill Shields

NORTON (CBS) – A man is charged with assaulting students with special needs at a school in Norton.

The incidents allegedly occurred at a group home operated by the Judge Rotenberg Center. It’s a treatment and education center for young people with emotional disabilities, some of them severe.

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No one at the home on Shelly Road would speak to WBZ Monday, but police have arrested an employee, 25-year-old Andre Scott of North Providence, Rhode Island. He is charged with assault and battery on three residents of the home who are ages 17 to 20.

According to the JRC, the school notified police on August 1 after the three students arrived at the center’s day program in Canton with bruising near their eyes. Staff reviewed video from the home in Norton, where Scott was allegedly observed hitting and shoving the students.

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In the Norton neighborhood nearby, some residents have complained for years about the facility, of patients escaping and employees speeding to and from work.

“The speeding is ridiculous,” says Ann Ludwig. “And they fly, it’s always the change of shifts.”

Ludwig has complained to the Rotenberg Center numerous times, but says the facility is still there, and a danger to the neighborhood.

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“There’s no respect for our short little way here,” she says. “It’s like drag racing.”

Bill Shields