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Hancock Co. teacher suspended after confrontation with 6-year-old

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A shocking confrontation with a six-year-old student was caught on video and now the kindergarten teacher could be facing assault charges.

It happened at Riverdale Elementary School in Mount Blanchard which is located south of Findlay in Hancock County.

The boy’s father Anthony Nelson is sharing the surveillance video with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, as well as 13abc.

Nelson is angry the school district suspended the teacher for ten days without pay.  Nelson believes she should never set foot in a classroom again.

"Every time I see that video, I want to walk away,” says Anthony Nelson, a father of three who lives in Wharton.

Nelson is sharing surveillance video of his 6-year-old son Ian at school.

It shows the kindergartner walking down the hall.  He goes into the bathroom.

Moments later you can see his teacher Barb Williams greets him as he exits the bathroom by grabbing him and lifting him off the floor against the wall twice.  It’s a confrontation on Wednesday, May 7th, captured on the school’s surveillance camera system.

"I would love to rip her apart, but that's not right,” says Nelson.

Ian’s father wants Williams’ teaching license revoked.

"If I went to the school and if I were to do to her what she did to him, I'm going to be in jail,” says Nelson.

Nelson says the district told him Ian was in trouble because he went to the wrong bathroom.

"I wouldn't expect an adult to be treated like that let alone a six year old child,” says Nelson.

The Superintendent of Riverdale Local Schools says Williams has been a teacher in the district for 14 years.

"She has great evaluations,” says Eric Hoffman, the Superintendent of Riverdale Local Schools. “Parents request her."

The district suspended the kindergarten teacher for ten days without pay.  That’s the last ten days of the school year.

"These things shouldn't happen at our school,” says  Hoffman. “That's why we had to take the disciplinary action. You send us your children and that's not what we're supposed to do."

Ian’s dad says his son never told him what happened in that hallway and doesn’t want to talk about the video.

 "I'm sad for my son and how he feels,” says Nelson.  “I'm angry, so angry and would love to see retribution out of this."

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what happened in that school hallway.  Once completed, the report will be handed over to the prosecutor’s office to determine if criminal charges will be filed.

We were unable to reach Williams for comment.

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