When we send our kids to school, we expect that they’ll be well taken care of, whether it’s a preschool, kindergarten or elementary school.
The idea that teachers do their best to take care of our kids while they’re at school seems obvious.
And that’s what the parents of a 6-year-old boy thought while their son was attending kindergarten at Riverdale School in Ohio, USA.
But unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
One day at school, Ian was walking down the hall to the bathroom. Suddenly, he was stopped by a teacher named Barb Williams.
In the school’s security footage, Williams grabs Ian by the face and pushes him up against the wall. Then, she takes hold of the boy’s shirt and lifts him up by it, reports Cleveland19 News.
The boy’s parents reacted strongly to the incident, and rightly so.
Williams was suspended for 10 days without pay and then returned to school again. But Ian’s parents, Anthony and Autumn Nelson, weren’t happy with the school’s response.
The couple was stunned that she had gotten off so easily.
“I would consider what would happen to myself, if I were to do that to her,” says Anthony Nelson, father of 6-year-old Ian. “If I were to do that to her, I would go to jail.”
The school tried to sweep the matter under the rug, claiming that it wasn’t a big deal. But when Ian’s parents managed to watch the security footage, they realized how bad the situation actually was.
Ian was pushed so hard against the wall that, he had bruises on his back, his parents say.
Nevertheless, the principal and superintendent didn’t want to fire Williams, who, according to them, was a very good teacher.
Then after the footage was made public, Williams resigned and the police pressed charges. She pleaded “no contest” and only had to pay a $250 fee plus court charges.
While we’re glad that Williams was eventually found guilty, the school should have stuck up for little Ian and called the police and fired Williams right away. No child should be afraid to go to school. Williams should never be allowed anywhere near children again.
Watch the terrible incident here, but be warned — it will be disturbing for some viewers!