An ex-principal in California is facing charges after a video shows him pushing a student with special needs.
A former elementary school administrator in Central California is facing accusations of cruelty to a child after a video appeared to show him pushing a kid to the ground.
KTVU-TV reported that the video shows former Wolters Elementary School principal Brian Vollhardt pushing a student in the chest, causing him to fall to the floor during breakfast time on June 7 in Fresno, California.
According to the Fresno Unified School District, Vollhardt and other staff members were interacting with a distressed kid with special needs, and the principal chose to "aggressively throw the student down" rather than "de-escalate the situation."
The school district launched disciplinary proceedings against Vollhardt, who subsequently quit and is no longer employed by the school.
Superintendent of Schools Bob Nelson described Vollhardt's behavior as "repugnant" and "absolutely not permitted on any level within Fresno Unified."
The district said the incident has been reported to both police and Child Protective Services.
Fresno Authorities Chief Paco Balderrama says the event was reported to police on June 9 but he was made aware of the incident on September 6, nearly three months after it occurred.
"As the chief of police in this community, I have a serious problem with how this child was treated. "As a father of a 9-year-old child, a comparable age to the victim in this case, who also suffers from anxiety and doesn't manage situations well, I find it distressing that someone who was supposed to protect and support this child treated them so poorly," Balderrama said.
On September 26th, Vollhardt will be arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of willful cruelty to a minor.