Screenshot via WKBN
Ohio Teacher Fired For Dragging 4-Year-Old Preschooler Down Hallway
Screenshot via WKBN
An Ohio preschool teacher has been fired after she was caught dragging what seems to be a black child down a hallway.
In a report from WKBN, Jenn Lohr, the teacher that mishandled the 4-year-old, was employed at Alta Head Start, a program that serves 845 children from birth to 5 years old in Youngstown, Ohio. Another teacher had taken a picture of Lohr dragging the child by the arm and then notified the school's administrators of the incident.
Lohr has since been fired, with the CEO of Alta Care Group, Joseph Shorokey, saying the teacher's behavior was inexcusable.
"These fine teachers and aides should not be unfairly portrayed as anything less because of the person who was terminated," Shorokey said.
Alta Head Start has since issued an apology to the child's parent. However, Lohr has since hired a lawyer and is questioning why Alta Head Start did not conduct an investigation on the incident.
In a report from The Vindicator, Lohr details the events that led up to the dragging incident:
"I was calling out to him: 'Stop, stop, let's talk about this and let's figure out what's going on,' she said. The student rounded a corner and ran into an assistant principal who put an end to the chase by picking up the student, Lohr said. The assistant principal handed the boy to Lohr, she noted. As she began walking him back to class, the student began hitting her chest, so she put him down – which is when he lay on the floor, in another fit, she continued.
She then grabbed his wrist and began to talk to him. 'He wouldn't get up and wouldn't stop screaming, so I just kept talking to him and telling him he needed to get up and walk with me back to class,' she said. Lohr said she did not drag the student.
While Lohr talked to the child, another principal grabbed his other wrist, taking him into the cafeteria to calm down, Lohr said."
Lohr said that the outcome of the incident has left her devastated.
"I've worked very hard to become a teacher, and I would never hurt any child," Lohr said. "I have always been an advocate for children, and I'm being destroyed in the public for a snapshot."