Here's the evidence I have so far- 1. I heard her raise her voice to him to stop hitting his teacher (pretty normal), 2. I saw her hold his hand back from hitting her (normal), 3. I thought I saw her hand flinch in an impulse to hit him WHILE HE WAS HITTING HER but SHE DIDN'T. IT WAS SUCH A SMALL GESTURE THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULDN'T HAVE CAUGHT IT. All I have so far is a vibe that she is in a very challenging situation and is not the most skilled parent.. Kids often act out when they are neglected and abused, but kids with moderate autism and language disorders, like my student, act out because their communication skills are low, which his are, and this child is definitely in the wrong placement. I have an emergency meeting set up to discuss that. Where I live is probably very different from where you live. It's rough here. I work in special education at a Title I school. I have reported to CPS before. I take the same class you take on recognizing abuse and neglect, every year.