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Boy dragged by Ohio teacher, mother and attorney demand answers

Investigation of boy dragged by Ohio teacher continues, attorney demands answers (WKBN / CNN Newsource)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKRC) – The investigation of an Ohio teacher who dragged one of her students down a hallway continues, as the lawyer representing the mother of the child discusses the case.

Attorney Dave Betras, who is representing Stevelyn Jackson, the mother of the student who was dragged, says that both mother and child are extremely mortified by this event, and the son is terrified to return to school.

“Under what circumstances is it proper to drag a four-year-old by the arm? I can't think of... unless you're trying to take it away from trouble,” said Betras.

This story comes from WKBN-TV in Youngstown after a picture was released of what appears to be the preschool teacher dragging the boy down the hall with their right hands connected. It was taken at The Programs of Promise at Wilson, a member of the Youngstown City Schools and managed by Alta Behavioral Health.

Betras is demanding to hear any information he can get.

“I want the city and Alta to preserve any and all evidence that they have, video and other recordings. I want to know about the history of this teacher and whether there have been complaints before.”

According to Youngstown Schools CEO Krish Mohip, Youngstown City Schools will be running the program next year instead of Alta.

Alta’s Chief Executive said, “About a month before the picture, we agreed with the Youngstown City Schools not to continue our partnership, which was in neither of our best interest. It’s a bad situation. Our heart goes out to the mother and the student. It’s not a reflection of who we are. Our teachers are concerned about how this will reflect on them. We have a very dedicated staff.”

Alta Head Start Administrators said the preschool teacher has been fired. A co-worker who witnessed the incident took the photo.

It has not been determined what cause the behavior.

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