An Ohio kindergarten teacher is under investigation after surveillance video showed her violently grabbing a six-year-old boy by the face and slamming him against a wall.

The incident happened months after Ian Nelson's parents had confronted officials at the Riverdale Schools about the teacher, Barb Williams.


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“We asked for him to be moved to a different classroom. ... The principal told us at the time that she’s a highly recommended teacher and they are unwilling to transfer him to a different class,” said Anthony Nelson said.

The school superintendent, Eric Hoffman, said he suspended the teacher for 10 days without pay.

“To tell you the truth we haven’t dealt with this much at Riverdale and first of all I apologize to the parents. This should not happen to students,” Hoffman said.

The Nelson family, however, argues that the punishment is not severe enough and police are looking into criminal charges. Williams has reportedly hired an attorney.

Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl weighed in on The Real Story and highlighted the fact that corporal punishment is illegal in Ohio.

“You cannot do that if you’re a teacher in that position. It’s breaking the law,” Wiehl said.  

Watch the tape above and hear Wiehl’s full legal analysis, including on why the school chose not to fire Williams after seeing the video.


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