published Friday, August 19th, 2011

Chattanooga nurse charged with hitting child

by Chris Carroll

Police cited a Chattanooga home health care nurse Thursday after she admitted to hitting a pediatric patient.

Lorrine Gulley, a nurse for Maxim Healthcare Services, told police she struck a small child who was “inconsolable,” according to Chattanooga police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerry Weary.

Police charged Gulley, 50, with simple assault and issued her a citation in lieu of arrest, Weary said. The citation means Gulley must turn herself in to police before a certain date.

The incident took place at the child’s home on 3535 Mountain Creek Road, where the child’s father heard a squabble and “wanted [Gulley] escorted off the property,” Weary said, adding that it wasn’t clear where the nurse allegedly struck the 4-year-old boy.

Sam Hixon, pediatric account manager for Maxim Healthcare Services, confirmed “an internal investigation" and said Gulley has been suspended from her duties.

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amnestiUSAF84 said...

And all she got was cited to court? Abuse a child and receive a citation in lieu of arrest. Pays to know someone on the inside.

August 19, 2011 at 3:50 p.m.
rolando said...

Yeah, those swats on the butt are really abusive...

God help anyone who makes a kid go cut a willow switch and then uses it on him.

The lack of using one is maybe why we have so many out-of-control flash mobs these days.

August 19, 2011 at 7:42 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Is there any wonder the youth of today are out of control? This prohibition on corporal punishment is far more destructive than helpful.

Since when exactly did corpal punishment become child abuse?

August 19, 2011 at 9:35 p.m.
NObama12 said...

I've had worse punishment than that in Walmart as a child! "Helps to know someone on the inside" hahaha What is this?...Tennessee Waltz or a spanking??? Get a grip people

August 19, 2011 at 10:45 p.m.
lilmisandy said...

This small child could not have done something that bad for her to put her hands on him... and in his face @ that. An assault is assault know matter what. An too she get to go celebrate it too. The parents need to for now on put a camera up in their home for future witness. They have a case good luck.

August 19, 2011 at 11:35 p.m.
lilmisandy said...

Not by hitting in the face Ok thats abuse

August 20, 2011 at 9:32 a.m.
KidsRpeople2 said...

Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) who work with families are in a strategic position to assess the discipline practices of the families they see and to counsel parents to avoid those that are harmful, ineffective, or abusive. NAPNAP advocates for child-rearing practices that develop caring, responsible, and self-disciplined adults. NAPNAP believes that it is necessary to eliminate corporal punishment in the home, schools and other settings where children are cared for or educated.

School faculty members are required by law to report suspected child abuse, yet they are allowed, by law today in 19 U.S. predominantly Southern "Bible Belt" States, to inflict physical Pain as punishment on school children with legal impunity and absolutely no safety standards, training, testing or certification to protect students! Recently, Texas Governor Perry recently signed HB 359 and North Carolina Governor Perdue signed SB 498 Giving Parents the Right to Prohibit Corporal/Physical PAIN as Punishment of Their Children in Schools!

Tennessee State Law does not require parental consent or notification for schoolchildren to be physically punished at school by being hit with thick wooden paddles to inflict pain to punish them by their teachers, coaches or administrators.

Corporal/Physical Pain as Punishment is Illegal in Schools in 31 U.S. States and All U.S. Prisons. Research consistently finds that Corporal Punishment is harmful to the healthy development of children and is an impairment to the learning environment. Over 50 National Children's Health and Education organizations are opposed to school corporal punishment of students. School paddling is discriminatorily applied to boys, minorities, disabled and low income students. If school employees hit students with wooden paddles in public, they'd be arrested for assault as would any parent, police officer, lawmaker or U.S. Supreme Court Justice. School paddling injuries result in several thousand students seeking emergency medical treatment annually and puts school districts at risk of lawsuits paid for by taxpayers in those communities. Please add your voice to the National Campaign to End School Paddling of Students at Unlimited Justice founded by Billionaire Fashion Designer and Education Reformer Marc Ecko. Check out free online resources for all child caregivers ­"Plain Talk About Spanking" at , and

August 20, 2011 at 11:41 a.m.
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