CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK)—A former teacher accused of abusing special needs students at Holz Elementary has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.
The list of Nancy Boggs’ crimes is long and shocking.
“I will never unsee it, and my trust in people is gone,” said Beth Bowden, a victim’s parent. “Our children our the most vulnerable, and you [Boggs] knew that, and you made our worst nightmares come true.”
In late May of 2022, 67-year-old Nancy Boggs, of Charleston, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of battery. These charges include Boggs hitting a student with a cabinet door, pulling a student by the hair, slapping a student on the face, slapping a student on the shoulder, driving a student’s head into a desk and jerking a chair out from under a student.
Beth Bowden and her husband Craig Bowden were among many parents who addressed Boggs at her sentencing. Those parents said no amount of jail time compares to the lifetime of horrible memories her victims will have to endure.
“I wanted her to know that I needed to know why you [Boggs] did this, and I don’t know if we’ll ever get that answer, but I wanted that ending today. I wanted to know why,” Beth Bowden said.
Before Judge Maryclaire Akers gave the 67-year-old 10 years in jail, videos of Boggs abusing her students was shown in court. Parents like Liz Foley and Mark Pressman watched helplessly and cried for their children.
“She created an environment of fear and terror making it impossible for them to learn.” Foley continued saying, her child didn’t understand what was happening, “She apologized for her abuse. She would be abused all day and write apology letters to you [Boggs].”
As for Beth Bowden, the fight for justice isn’t over.
“We have the fight in us still and we’ll continue to fight to make it better and to bring good out of this horrible situation,” Beth Bowden said.
Boggs was arrested in connection to a criminal investigation stemming from a case of alleged abuse reported from Holz Elementary in September of 2021. In mid-November 2021, the parents of a special needs student at Holz Elementary filed a lawsuit against Boggs and Kanawha County Board of Education stemming from the alleged abuse.
Boggs was charged with 23 counts of Battery and 1 count of Verbal Abuse of a Noncommunicative Child, police say.
Boggs was released on bond on November 23, and she was restricted to home confinement pending her trial. In March 2022, her trial was continued to June 27 so that Boggs could have a medical evaluation.