Northwest Ohio teacher caught on video pushing kindergarten student

MOUNT BLANCHARD, Ohio - A northwest Ohio sheriff's office is investigating a teacher who they say was caught on a surveillance camera violently pushing a kindergartner up against a wall and grabbing him by the face and shirt.

Riverdale Local Schools has suspended teacher Barb Williams for 10 days after the video was made public last week.

WTOL-TV of Toledo reported Thursday that a sheriff's deputy visited the boy's father a day earlier and has opened an investigation.

The sheriff's office says it could be next week before the investigation is complete and provided to the Hancock County prosecutor.

According to the TV station, three cafeteria cooks who were taking a break nearby said they heard Williams yell at 6-year-old Ian Nelson about using the bathroom. The cooks said Williams called the boy a liar and said she was sick of him and his parents, then "growled" at him and told him, "I am going to rip you apart."

Williams was questioned by the school's principal and the district's superintendent, and admitted to touching the boy, but said it was due to him fooling around when he went to the bathroom, WTOL reported.

School superintendent Eric Hoffman told the station he has apologized to the parents and called the incident unfortunate.

The boy's parents say the teacher should be fired.

"I would consider what would happen to myself, if I were to do that to her. If I were to do that to her, I would go to jail," Anthony Nelson, Ian's father told WTOL

The Nelsons say that 10-day suspension is like an early vacation for the teacher, since there are only 10 days left in the school year.

The superintendent told WTOL that Williams has been with the district for 14 years and the reason this incident came to light is because a fellow staff member reported it last week.

Watch surveillance video of the incident below:

 

 

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