State reviewing former Abilene ISD teacher accused of biting autistic student

Kirsten Joelle Barnett, a 25-year-old Abilene ISD, was arrested during April 2017 for allegedly biting a 4-year-old autistic student.

ABILENE, Texas - The former Abilene ISD teacher accused of biting an autistic student is under review by the Texas Education Association.

KTXS has confirmed the TEA's Educator Investigations Division is investigating "an allegation of misconduct" against Kirsten Joelle Barnett.

Barnett, 25, was arrested Tuesday and charged with injury to a child, a third-degree felony . She's accused of biting a 4-year-old student at Locust Early Childhood Center on Feb. 1 because he would not follow her instructions.

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Barnett was "immediately placed on leave" and resigned April 7.

The TEA could revoke her teaching certificate.