Troubling video shows Tift County pre-k teacher knocking over 4-year-old

After viewing this disturbing hallway video of a March 17 incident, I am still mystified why a special education teacher at the Tift County Pre-K Center would do this intentionally to a 4-year-old child with special needs.

I am hoping the teacher’s real intent was to prod a dawdling student into the classroom and out of the hallway. However, she chose a bad way to move the child forward, one that ended her career. The fact the school district reacted immediately suggests someone in the school saw this occur and reported it right away.

Once you look at this video, I am eager to see your response. An AJC Get Schooled Facebook commenter said it appeared to him the teacher just didn’t see the boy and that this was an accident. I don’t think the school district saw it that way.

According to the Tifton Gazette:

Stacey Beckham, director of communications for Tift County Schools, confirmed that there was an incident that occurred at the school and that the child was not injured. She said as soon as they found out, immediate action was taken and the teacher was immediately sent home that same day. After further investigation, {teacher Amelia} Stripling is no longer employed by the local school system, and the incident has been turned over to local law enforcement.

The mother of the little boy has retained an attorney.

Here is the video from WSMV Channel 4:

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CSpinks
CSpinks

Does anyone now fail to understand why we need cameras in our classrooms?


Now, in the interest of full disclosure, there's another reason for classroom cameras. A hint: Does anyone believe that a few misanthropic teachers are the only folks who behave badly in our public school classrooms?

southgaparent
southgaparent

She was arrested Friday and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a child.  


Disgusting that she did this.

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Yeah, looked intentional.  Probably just wanted to bump the kid and get him moving into the door.  Dang lucky he didn't go flying face first into the door jamb - didn't miss it by much.

Perhaps there is some history with this teacher.  Would help to explain getting law enforcement involved and parents getting lawyers.

Bottom line, helluva way to lose a $60,000 / yr job.

Chanda RobertsWhite
Chanda RobertsWhite

She intentionally did it if you notice her left knee to the child. Had it been an accident she would have fallen or attempted to reach out and keep from falling. Troubling yes. Inappropriate yes. Lawsuit worthy NO.

Margaret Dunlap
Margaret Dunlap

It is lawsuit worthy, it doesn't appear that she alerted the child in any way, just attempted to knock him forward. What ever happened to using her words? He is holding things in his hands,he could easily have fallen on his face and been hurt. She is a teacher in a special needs classroom, she has been trusted with vulnerable, very young children who are not quick to react. I cannot imagine any proper teacher doing this to any student, but the fact that a four year old with unknown problems was assaulted like this is unconscionable. Was she trying to scare him, embarrass him? It isn't possible to tell but however you look at it, I am glad she won't be in the position to hurt another child again.  

insideview
insideview

This was not an accident. She bent her knee to push him forward. I am glad the district took swift action. 

bu22
bu22

@insideview Clearly it wasn't an accident, but does anybody seriously think she intended to knock him down?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

It appears to me she was prodding him to go in (start moving) with her knee but he had his legs locked and went down instead.  He may be a child who is immobilized with indecision or ODD and needs help getting started (we don't know how long he was on the threshold or whether this was a daily event), but doing it with a knee is not the way to go.  Sound would have been helpful on this video.

mar1049
mar1049

@Wascatlady So it is actually the kids fault and he should have started moving when the teacher came. Now that makes more sense. 

advocateforchange
advocateforchange

At first I thought it was an accident, but the more I viewed the clip the more I suspected it may be deliberate in nature.  However, she could have been distracted and did not see where she was going until it was too late and maybe she had things in her hands, like paint that might have spilled.  Who knows but it does not look good.

kmitt57
kmitt57

What kind of moron can look at that video and fail to notice that it was clearly intentional.  Just positioning your cursor at the 5 second mark and repeatedly restarting the video from there shows a) the woman's head angled downward toward the child and looking straight at her "target", and b) her left knee being deliberately raised to contact the kid in the "bullseye" of his backpack-laden back, and c) her body arching slightly backwards to provide extra "thrust" to the extended knee.

concernedoldtimer
concernedoldtimer

I think she might just be distracted......and kind of fell into the child......

taylor48
taylor48

@Stuffy @concernedoldtimer When I first watched it, I could have believed that is was accidental.  (I've run into kids before completely unintentionally while looking ahead.  Just didn't see them.)  But, the knee bend makes me think that it was intentional.  

Zino
Zino

this chick needs to be locked up for a few years and has no business around children