An Ohio teacher was fired this week after she was caught on camera dragging a young student by the arm down a school hallway. With undeniable evidence, the employer was quick to respond to the situation.
The teacher, who worked with children at a Youngstown school in the Mahoning County Head Start program, was employed by Alta Care Group, a non-profit company that services the early education program, according to Fox6Now.
“I want to make sure it is clear that the individual who was terminated does not reflect the values of the dedicated and skilled professionals at Alta Head Start,” Alta’s CEO Joe Shorokey said Wednesday in a statement.
“These fine teachers and aides should not be unfairly portrayed as anything less because of the person who was terminated. “
The terminated teacher has not been publicly identified.
Shorokey was unable to comment on the student’s age, but confirmed the student was in the Head Start program, which would place the age between 3 and 5.
“We took this matter very seriously,” Shorokey said Thursday. “We took action immediately. We apologized to the parents, as well as to the community.”
The picture of the incident was taken by a Youngstown City Schools teacher working in an administrative capacity, said Youngstown City Schools spokeswoman Denise Dick. She also said the incident had been reported to Mahoning County Children’s Services by the Youngstown school district.
It is great to see a quick and appropriate response when these things happen. Too many times the teacher is just transferred or goes to another school to do the same thing again. Hopefully this will be a black mark on her record that will protect other kids from her.