Preschool teacher fired over photo of toddler abuse

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Youngstown, OH – An upsetting photo showing an adult dragging a child down a school hallway by his arm was reported on Monday. The incident happened on the Wilson School campus  in Youngstown. The woman is a teacher for the Alta Care Group Head Start program, where the child is a preschool student.

Youngstown City School District spokeswoman Denise Dick said they learned about the incident on Monday. The teacher has since been fired.

“We’ve been interviewing people and investigating and trying to find out what happened and that…it’s still in its infancy,” Dick said. “They are still talking to people. We haven’t talked to everyone that we want to talk to yet.”

Reports indicate that a fellow teacher saw the incident and snapped the photo. That teacher showed it to the school’s administrators, and it made it’s way to the Youngstown City School District and the CEO of Alta Care Group, Joe Shorokey.

Shorokey admitted that the Alta Head Start teacher “mishandled” a student and confirmed that she had been fired immediately.

“The behavior of that teacher was inexcusable and will never be tolerated,” he said on Wednesday. “I want to make sure it is clear that the individual who was terminated does not reflect the values of the dedicated and skilled professionals at Alta Head Start.”

Shorokey wanted it to be clear that the incident does not reflect all of the teachers in the program. “These fine teachers and aides should not be unfairly portrayed as anything less because of the person who was terminated,” Shorokey said.

Alta Care Group’s Head Start program that serves 845 children from birth to 5 years old.

School officials are still investigating the incident and the teacher and child remain unnamed.

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