CAUGHT ON TAPE: Teacher Suspended For Grabbing Kindergartner - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Teacher Suspended For Grabbing Kindergartner

Posted: Updated:
TODAY.COM (NBC) - An Ohio kindergarten teacher is suspended after a video shows her allegedly grabbing and shaking a 6-year-old boy.

Through tears, the boy's mother called for the educator's firing.

In a surveillance video from Riverdale Schools in Mt. Blanchard, Ian Nelson, 6, can be seen walking alone to the school bathroom. When he comes out, his teacher, Barb Williams, appears to pick him up and push him against the wall before grabbing his face and his shirt. She then picks him up again, and his neck appears to snap backward.

"I was crying,'' the boy's mother, Autumn Nelson, told TODAY's Katy Tur on Friday of watching the footage. "It broke my heart to see my child get harmed by a complete stranger."

"She did this to me — hard,'' Ian told TODAY while grabbing his shirt as his mother fought back tears.

Williams, who has been at the school for 14 years, is on unpaid leave for the next 10 days until summer break begins. She did not respond to TODAY's requests for comment. It remains unclear why she was upset with the boy.

"They should have fired her when they found out about the whole situation, that she put her hands on him,'' Nelson said.

Autumn and Ian's father, Anthony, did not think much of the incident, which was reported by another staff member, when they first heard of it. But then they saw the video.

"I was just in complete and utter shock,'' Autumn said.

The school has filed reports with the Hancock County Sheriff, the Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The family has hired a lawyer but has not taken any legal action against Williams or the school. The Hancock Police Department confirmed to TODAY that it has opened an investigation but did not comment further. Ian has been put in a new classroom with a different teacher for the remainder of the school year.

"You don't ever want somebody's child to go through that,'' Riverdale Local Schools superintendent Eric Hoffman told TODAY. "That's not what we're about. And we move forward."

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Electronics stolen from North Spokane home before Christmas

    Electronics stolen from North Spokane home before Christmas

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 2:16 AM EST2017-12-12 07:16:24 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash.- A North Spokane family is hoping to find the thieves who stole not just from their Christmas but from the people whose belongings they were repairing. Kevin and Ronnie Ryno say they've never had a problem with theft until Monday. 

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash.- A North Spokane family is hoping to find the thieves who stole not just from their Christmas but from the people whose belongings they were repairing. Kevin and Ronnie Ryno say they've never had a problem with theft until Monday. 

    More >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Monday, December 11th

    Mad Minute stories from Monday, December 11th

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 2:11 AM EST2017-12-12 07:11:07 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, December 11th.

    More >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, December 11th.

    More >>
  • Smoker arrested after yelling death threats on plane

    Smoker arrested after yelling death threats on plane

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 1:57 AM EST2017-12-12 06:57:31 GMT

    SACRAMENT, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a woman caught trying to smoke on a Southwest flight has been arrested after shouting she was going to kill everyone on the plane.    Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Shaun Hampton said Monday that 24-year-old Valerie Curbelo was arrested on the tarmac when the plane landed Saturday.

    More >>

    SACRAMENT, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a woman caught trying to smoke on a Southwest flight has been arrested after shouting she was going to kill everyone on the plane.    Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Shaun Hampton said Monday that 24-year-old Valerie Curbelo was arrested on the tarmac when the plane landed Saturday.

    More >>