An elementary school teacher in Florida was taken into custody after she was shown on video snatching a kindergarten student by the neck and throwing him to the ground.
According to a police record acquired by WPLG, on October 10 at Margate Elementary School in Broward County, Khadijah Tynnettta Muhammad, 54, assaulted a youngster who was not one of her students.
According to surveillance footage, the incident occurred while the kid was waiting for class to begin and he threw a piece of paper at his peers while sitting on the floor.
Muhammad allegedly then walked over to the youngster and grabbed him by the left wrist while acting aggressively.
“She continued to lift him off the ground by his arms, twist his arms and grabbed him by the back of his shirt while shoving him across the hallway,” an officer wrote in the arrest report.
“She ripped the jacket off his back and continuously grabbed the student by his arms, wrists, shirt and jacket until the altercation ended,” cops said.
“Towards the end of the video, which was partially blocked from the camera view, she appeared to grab him around his neck and slam him to the ground.”
Police estimate that the duration of the attack was less than two minutes.
Muhammad was then charged with child abuse when she was apprehended at her Lauderdale Lakes home.
Parents expressed shock and fury to WPLG.
“I know our kids may act out at times, but if there’s a problem, leave the disciplining to the parents,” said Nikki Glasco.
Muhammad was still employed by the district as of Friday, according to officials.
“The school is working closely with law enforcement regarding this situation, and the teacher involved has been reassigned away from students and the school pending the outcome of the case,” the district said in a statement.