25-year-old Timothy Randall Korr, a Baltimore teacher at the City Springs Elementary and Middle School, has been arrested for attacking Trayvon Grayson, a 7-year-old boy. He reportedly threw his young student against the wall, breaking his jaw and knocking out several of his teeth.
He claims he thought that the student had a gun.
Korr is charged with child abuse, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment of a minor.
If convicted, he faces up to 85 years behind bars.
His lawyer, Kurt Nachtman, told ABC that Korr had been told by two students that Grayson had been brandishing a gun.
The teacher claims that he found the 7-year-old rolling around on the ground so carried out a pat down. When he felt an object in the boy's pocket, he asked him to remove it, Nachtman says.
When Trayvon allegedly refused, Korr says he picked him up intending to take him to the principal's office but the boy started clawing at him and he lost his footing on the stairs, sending the kid flying into the wall, according to the attorney.
Trayvon suffered a broken jaw, cuts, bruises and had two teeth knocked out in the incident. Another tooth had been pushed into his gums.
However, Trayvon's parents, Lateekqua Jackson and Travon Grayson Sr., have questioned the teacher's version of events.
“The (school surveillance) video does show him carrying the child and slamming him up against the wall, and it’s very difficult to watch,” police spokesman Chief T.J. Smith said.