Amelia Stripling, a special needs instructor who had been working in Georgia schools for over 20 years, has resigned after footage surfaced of her using a knee to push one of her students onto the floor.
Stripling worked at the Tift County Pre-K Center in Tifton, GA. Video surveillance shows her walking in a hallway before abruptly kneeing a then-3-year-old child with a backpack, causing him to fall.
She and another adult pick him up off the floor, and she pushes him into the classroom. His mother, Sarah Patterson, told WALB her son turned just four on Wednesday.
According to Tift County School officials, the boy was not injured, and they have “reported the incident to the Division of Family and Children Services.”
A spokesperson for the county schools, Stacey Beckahm, claims “an eyewitness said it appeared [Stripling] intentionally pushed the child.”
We have witnessed an alarming amount of teachers mishandle students—in January, a teacher’s aide hit a 9-year-old special education student, while two other students held him in place. When this occurs with such young students who have special needs, it is particularly galling.
At least in this case, Stripling resigned almost immediately.
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