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Riverdale teacher charged with child endangering

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A Hancock County teacher caught on camera pushing a student into a wall is now facing criminal charges.  Court records show Riverdale Elementary teacher Barb Williams is accused of child endangering. That is a misdemeanor charge.

Surveillance video shows her grabbing the six-year-old in the school hallway, lifting him off the ground, and pushing him against the wall.  The incident happened May 7.

According to a district disciplinary file, Williams admitted to the principal she was frustrated and pushed the boy and that the student pushed her over the edge.

Dan Margolis, the attorney for the family says they are shocked and disappointed by the misdemeanor charge.

He says, "to see a single count of misdemeanor child endangering, it's a slap in the face."  

Williams has been a teacher in the district for more than a decade.

The superintendent says her evaluations were excellent and parents requested her, but her actions required discipline.

She was suspended for ten days without pay.

"We're just going to move forward and deal with this case and cooperate with the prosecutor's office and be responsible citizens," Margolis said.

No word when Williams will be arraigned on the charges.


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