FINNEYTOWN, OH (FOX19) - A Finneytown teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave since Oct. 5 over an incident in her classroom, according to the district.
The school district would not go into detail, but they did give a letter which it reads, "The administrative leave shall remain in effect until further notice, pending a formal meeting with the superintendent. The reason for this action is a substantiated report that you may have participated in an incident of child abuse."
FOX19 NOW did speak to the teacher by phone. She said she used "poor judgment," but felt her actions were not a fireable offense. She said she grabbed a student by the hand and was trying to get him to music class.
She said the child began to lay on the ground and she dragged him about four to five steps. The incident was captured on school cameras.
The teacher said, "I know what I did was wrong."
She claims the child got up after those four to five steps and never even told his mother what happened.
The teachers personnel file also includes a glowing report. It reads, "she responds effectively to misbehavior. The teacher is extremely tolerant of individual differences and she persists in seeking effective approaches for individual students. She does an outstanding job of managing behavior even with difficult students."
The teacher said there is a hearing Thursday and her situation is expected to be brought up at the next school board meeting.
She said she will not resign and they will have to fire her.