WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An elementary school teacher who was caught on a surveillance camera kicking a little girl inside a library has been fired.
- The incident, which occurred in February, headlined the media last week when the video clip was released.
- The video shows the Kansas teacher grabbing and kicking the 5-year-old girl while she lays on the library floor.
A Kansas teacher at Shawnee has been fired from her job after she was caught on a surveillance video kicking a five-year-old girl in the back for behaving badly.
Crystal Smith was caught on camera mistreating the little girl after a class on February 21, according to the Daily Mail.
In the video, the young girl slides inside a bookshelf when the Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School teacher is seen walking around the bookcase. When she saw the girl inside the bookcase, she roughly grabbed her by the arm and yanked her out. A few seconds later, Smith is seen kicking the girl in the back.
According to reports, the girl told another teacher that Smith kicked her, but that teacher did not report the abuse.
Later, the girl’s mother said she saw red marks on her daughter’s arm. The young student told her parents that she was hit by a teacher.
When confronted, Smith said the girl might have injured herself by climbing inside the bookshelf. She even told the parents that it was the 5-year-old who was doing the kicking.
But the school reviewed the surveillance video and the recording revealed a different story.
“When I saw the video it was heartbreaking, because everything she said, she sat at the same table as me and just lied about everything … she lied to me. She lied to everyone else. She was almost really convincing,” the mother of the young girl told KCTV News 5.
“‘I can’t really even put it into words. I hurt for my child, and I was just angry that someone could do that,” the angry mom added.
In a statement released by the Shawnee Mission School District, it assured parents that it takes its responsibility seriously.
“The Shawnee Mission School District was deeply distressed by the actions shown in the video. We take our responsibility to keep our children safe extremely seriously, and as parents and educators, we are heartbroken whenever a child is not treated with love and respect,” according to the district statement said.
“As soon as we discovered what happened, we acted to remove the teacher from contact with students, and proceeded immediately to terminate that teacher,” the district added.
The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office also said that it is investigating the case to determine if charges will be pressed against the teacher or school district.