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Teacher quits after being secretly filmed pushing special needs child over
10:32, 26 MAR 2016 UPDATED 11:27, 26 MAR 2016
BY ROSS LOGAN
Amelia Stripling was a teacher of 20 years and was given an Excellence in Teaching award two years ago
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A long-serving teacher has resigned after being filmed knocking over a special needs student at her school.
CCTV footage appears to show Amelia Stripling deliberately shove the four-year-old in the back with her knee, knocking him to the ground.
The boy is wearing a blue rucksack and standing outside the entrance of a classroom when Stripling appears from behind the open door.
Looking down at the student, she is then seen pushing her left knee into his back with such force he flies forwards and lands face first on the floor.
Tiff County SchoolsGeorgia teacher caught on CCTV knocking over childAmelia Stripling walks towards the four-year-old boy standing in the doorway
She then is then seen apparently trying to comfort the pupil by putting her hand around him before they both enter the classroom .
Sarah Patterson, the boy’s mother, said her son has special needs and has obtained a lawyer.
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The child was not seriously hurt in the incident.
Tiff County SchoolsShe drops her knee into the boy’s back, knocking him to the floor
Stripling’s teacher page has since been removed from the website of Tift County Pre-K Center in Tifton in Georgia, US.
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The matter has been reported to the Division of Family and Children Services.
Tiff County SchoolsGeorgia teacher caught on CCTV knocking over childStripling picks up the boy after knocking him over
According to WALB , she had been a teacher with some 20 years experience.
The Tifton Gazette reported that in 2014, Stripling was given an Excellence in Teaching award by the Tift County Foundation for Excellence in Education.
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