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Teacher suspended 10 days after roughing incident

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UNDATED (NBC) - An Ohio teacher was suspended for 10 days after an incident where she allegedly was caught on camera roughing up a kindergartner.

A surveillance video from Riverdale Schools shows kindergarten teacher Barb Williams, who has been at the school for 14 years, grabbing 6-year-old Ian Nelson, picking him up and pushing him against a wall.

"I was crying. Like I said, it broke my heart to see my child get harmed by, by a complete stranger," said Autumn Nelson, Ian's mother.

When Ian's parents first heard about the incident, they didn't think much of it until they saw the tape. Ian never said anything about it to his parents. Another staff member at the school reported the incident.

Williams was ordered on unpaid leave for ten days, but Ian's parents disagree.

"They should have fired her when they found out about the whole situation, that she put her hands on him," Autumn said.

The school says it filed reports with the Hancock County sheriff, the Department of Education and Children's Services.

"You don't ever want somebody's child to go through that, you know, and that's not what we're about. And you know, we move forward," said Superintendent Eric Hoffman.

For the final weeks of the school year, Ian's in a new classroom with a new teacher.

The family has hired an attorney but so far have not pressed charges against the teacher or the school.
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