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Teacher Suspended for 10 Days for Grabbing a 6-Year-Old By the Neck (Video)

May 18, 2014


barb williams

How is this a fair and reasonable punishment for what this teacher did? What kind of deterrent is a 10 day holiday for this appalling behaviour? And I have to ask this question, if it were a male teacher that did this, would he have got off so lightly?


An Ohio kindergarten teacher has been suspended for ten days after surveillance video appeared to show her grabbing a six-year-old boy by his neck.

The boy’s parents, Anthony and Autumn Nelson, were shocked at the school’s response to the footage, which showed their son Ian being lifted off the ground by his shirt collar.

Teacher Barb Williams was put on unpaid leave, but the Nelsons are calling on her to be fired from the school district where she has taught for 14 years.

Williams is seen on surveillance footage appearing to confront Ian as he comes out of a bathroom at Riverdale School.

As the little boy walks out of the bathroom, Williams allegedly grabs him and lifts Ian in front of a wall.

The teacher then appears to grab him by the throat, tilting his head back and forcing him off his feet.

In another shot, Williams appears to have grabbed the boy’s shirt and used that to lift the terrified boy off the ground.

‘We thought it was just a little incident that happened.That’s what the school made it sound like. All of a sudden, we get this video today and this is just outrageous,’ Mr Nelson said.

The incident came to light when a member of staff at Riverdale Schools in Hancock County reported Wiliams.

Seeing the way their child, who was left bruised, had been treated has been upsetting for the Nelsons, who were given a copy of the footage by the school on May 7.

 ‘I just started crying. I burst out in tears. I called my mom. I called his mom,’ Mrs Nelson said. 

She and her husband were shocked by the school’s reaction however, and are demanding that Williams be fired.

The unpaid suspension will end just as the school breaks up for the summer vacation.  


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