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>>

  • Deputies warn of warrant scam: new name, slightly different story

    Deputies warn of warrant scam: new name, slightly different story

    Thursday, September 21 2017 6:55 PM EDT2017-09-21 22:55:16 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Crime Check have been receiving reports of the “You have warrants” scam again.  They want you to know anytime someone calls you and demands payment (prepaid credit card, money, personal info) for a warrant or threatens your arrest, it’s a scam.  Law Enforcement or other government agencies will not do this. This time, the predatory scammers are attempting 

    More >>

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Crime Check have been receiving reports of the “You have warrants” scam again.  They want you to know anytime someone calls you and demands payment (prepaid credit card, money, personal info) for a warrant or threatens your arrest, it’s a scam.  Law Enforcement or other government agencies will not do this. This time, the predatory scammers are attempting 

    More >>
  • JUSTICE FOR BABY MALIKI: Joseph John Davis sentenced to life in prison

    JUSTICE FOR BABY MALIKI: Joseph John Davis sentenced to life in prison

    Thursday, September 21 2017 5:31 PM EDT2017-09-21 21:31:13 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Joseph John Davis has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of Baby Maliki. Davis will serve 15 years fixed and then have the possibility for parole. Baby Maliki was found with severe trauma to his skull and brain back in August of 2016 after being in the care of Davis, his former stepfather, for just 20 minutes.

    More >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Joseph John Davis has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of Baby Maliki. Davis will serve 15 years fixed and then have the possibility for parole. Baby Maliki was found with severe trauma to his skull and brain back in August of 2016 after being in the care of Davis, his former stepfather, for just 20 minutes.

    More >>
  • Facebook to release Russia ads to Congress amid pressure

    Facebook to release Russia ads to Congress amid pressure

    Thursday, September 21 2017 5:29 PM EDT2017-09-21 21:29:36 GMT

    NEW YORK - The top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence panels are praising Facebook's decision to provide thousands of ads bought by a Russian agency to Congress. Rep. Adam Schiff of California and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia say the contents of the ads will aid them in their investigations of Russian interference in U.S. elections, but also that the move is just a first step. 

    More >>

    NEW YORK - The top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence panels are praising Facebook's decision to provide thousands of ads bought by a Russian agency to Congress. Rep. Adam Schiff of California and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia say the contents of the ads will aid them in their investigations of Russian interference in U.S. elections, but also that the move is just a first step. 

    More >>