A photo of a white teacher dragging a black pre-school child by his arm down the hallway has set of a 5 alarm fire in Cleveland. What we don’t now from the picture is if this was a momentary thing, where the kid fell down, or if she actually dragged him all the way to the principal’s office. In my youth, I was a volunteer helper for Head Start. When your parents are teachers, you are “encouraged” to go see what teaching is about, real time at some point growing up. Dealing with little folks was surely an experience as I had no younger siblings. They can be a bit feisty (and one heck of a lot of fun with their energy) – but I can’t think of any possible justifiable reason to physically drag a 3 year old kid down the hall. The teachers I observed in my volunteer days had other, non-violent, ways of controlling kids. None of them included violence in any form.
An Ohio preschool teacher is in hot water following the release of incriminating photos. According to Cleveland.com, the teacher – whose name has not been released – was employed by Alta Health Care, a non-profit company that services Alta Head Start, which is an early education program within the Wilson School of Youngstown, Ohio. The photo is so disturbing it has caught the attention of parents everywhere who are appalled and disturbed about the incident. Concerned Teacher Takes Action: It has been reported that another teacher witnessed the woman dragging the child down a hallway and snapped a quick photo of the disturbing incident. Youngstown City Schools spokeswoman Denise Dick released a statement explaining the teacher’s position in the school and how the photo was taken. All of the classrooms are structured with one Youngstown teacher and an educational aide. The school houses 845 students up to 5 years old. The boy in the photo was reportedly enrolled in the head start program. Alta Head Start, a government funded program, has children aged 3 to 5 enrolled. It has been reported that the photo, taken by a Youngstown City Schools teacher serving in administrative capacity, was turned over to Mahoning County Children’s Services.
The School Responds: In a statement released to the Youngstown Vindicator, Joseph Shorokey, CEO of Alta Behavioral Health CEO, addressed the incident while explaining the school’s stance. He revealed action was taken immediately after the photo surfaced and he made it clear such behavior is unacceptable. “We took this matter very seriously,” Shorokey said on Thursday, May 4. “We took action immediately. We apologized to the parents, as well as to the community.” He went on to further disassociate the school from the teacher’s actions. “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,” Shorokey said Wednesday in a statement. “Alta would and will never stand for anything other than the highest quality of excellence and anything short of that is beyond anything we find acceptable and would tolerate,” Shorokey said. the Vindicator. “These fine teachers and aides should not be unfairly portrayed as anything less because of the person who was terminated,” he said. It is unclear whether or not the teacher will face charges.