Teacher caught on camera grabbing kindergartner by face

An Ohio teacher is caught on camera grabbing a student in an apparent fit of anger. The student’s parents are enraged and as Tim Miller reports, now they want the teacher fired.

Anthony and Autumn Nelson are still stunned by what happened to their 6-year old son Ian last Wednesday. In a video they provided to WTOL, the Riverdale School kindergartner is walking down the hallway to go to the bathroom. The surveillance camera then shows his teacher, Barb Williams, confront him as he steps out of the bathroom. The teacher grabs Ian and pins him up against the wall. Then grabs him by the face, but it doesn’t end there. She picks him up by his shirt and his head flops back. Hear his dad describes it to WTOL.  


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“You can see where she grabs a hold of his face. She slams him up against the wall. We thought it was just a little incident that happened, and that’s what the school made it out to sound like. And then all of a sudden we get this video today and this is just outrageous. I watched it out in the kitchen and I just started crying. I burst out in tears. I called my mom. I called his mom. I started calling everybody. I was like I don’t know what to do.”

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The Nelsons say Ian had a bruise to the back of the head. A letter Tuesday from Riverdale Superintendent, Eric Hoffman informed Barb Williams that she is suspended for ten days without pay. In his words, “Your repeated use of physical force was completely unwarranted and unprofessional.”

The Nelsons want her terminated. They plan to take the video to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to pursue criminal charges.

Ian has been moved to a different kindergarten class at the school and seems to be happier, but his parents worry this incident will have a long-term impact on him. “He’s scared of her. Even going to the school next year or the year after, he will still have to see her if she is present in the building. That’s probably going to scare him.”

WTOL’s attempts to reach the superintendent by email have not been successful.

His letter to the teacher warned Williams she’ll be fired if there is any future misconduct.

The Nelson’s say the 10-day suspension was hardly worth the effort since school is out in 10-days.