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California director charged after video shows he pushes an autistic child

At the beginning of June a student with special needs went up principal in in Fresno, California, in the school cafeteria, pointing his finger at an adult. After a few seconds, the director pressed the button 10-year-old boy to the ground in front of school staff and other students, inaudible 30-second clip shows.

Authorities then charged Brian Wollhardt, then director of Walters Elementary School, with with child abuse and threat in connection with incident involving a minor, who has not been publicly identified, court records show.

The misdemeanor charge was filed after the Fresno Unified School District released a copy. of video from June 7 on Thursday. District officials said Vollhardt and his staff “worked with an upset student in the school cafeteria that June morning. I don’t know what happened before the video begins.

“Instead of of defusing the situation former the director decided to aggressively shove student down” Superintendent Bob Nelson said Thursday on news conference. He referred to behavior as “terrible” and unforgivable.

The Washington Post was unable to contact Wollhardt. His lawyer Roger Wilson told The Post that his client was being criticized by the 30-year-old second clip, adding that the child was known for “active out all time.”

“He [Vollhardt] is a respected teacher, and this is completely out of character,” Wilson told The Post.

Anne Frank, Guardian of boy who refers to him as to her sontold KFSN that her child has autism. Frank added no matter what the video is made public if it were not for the fact that two weeks ago she complained to the authorities that a few months after the incident, no charges had been brought against her.

“My son was pushed with force this principal who was supposed to protect him,” Frank told a local TV station.

Fresno Police Department chief Paco Balderrama admitted that his department did not initially prioritize the case.

“We can’t change fact that our process failed correctly qualify the incident as an active case” and an unnecessary and unacceptable delay has occurred in our process,” Balderrama told The Post. in email. “… I should Was made aware of incident much earlier.

Nelson said the boy did not suffer any injuries.

The school district suspended Vollhardt on On June 8, Nelson said during news conference. He resigned after the county punished him, Nelson said.

Vollhardt, who walked on become deputy director of Golden Plains Unified School District, was placed on leave on Thursday after news conference, Martin Macias, superintendent of the school district, told The Post in email.

Balderrama said he apologized to the child’s guardian. on Friday.

“My standards and expectations for The Fresno Police Department is much higher than what was revealed last week, Balderrama added. “We must and will work better because our community children need us”.

Vollhardt set appear in court on September 26, recordings show.

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Tyler Hromadka
Tyler Hromadka
Tyler is working as the Author at World Weekly News. He has a love for writing and have been writing for a few years now as a free-lancer.

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