A staff member at Horizon Science Academy Elementary is on administrative leave following accusations of mishandling a student.
The boy’s grandfather witnessed the alleged incident and is calling for the charter school to take action.
BillyRay Valentine was at Horizon Science Academy to pick up his grandson who was having a rough day.
His grandson suffers from ADHD.
“When I walked through. I observed a male teacher with my grandson in the air. Suspended over his shoulders like a wrestler. My grandson was kicking and screaming. That’s when I acknowledge who I was,” said Valentine.
Valentine says the staff member was caught off guard.
“He was terrified. He started automatically apologizing. He became very apologetic. That’s when I pulled my phone out,” said Valentine.
Valentine began recording the confrontation. You can see a portion of the confrontation in the video above. The staff member can be heard saying that he was sorry.
In a statement, officials from Horizon Science Academy said:
“HSA takes the safety and security of our school community very seriously, and the administrative team began an internal investigation and has been in contact with the proper authorities, including the Montgomery County Department of Child and Family Services. Pending the outcome of the investigation, the staff member has been placed on administrative leave… Gross misconduct of any kind is not and will not be tolerated.”
“This is a form of bullying. I don’t know about anyone else but to me it’s like bullying. My grandson didn’t want to go to school today,” said Valentine.
He admits the incident was a two way street. His grandson may have been misbehaving but he says kids shouldn’t be handled like that.
“He understands his actions were not acceptable. But I have to have his back and his best interests at all times. That’s my grandson,” said Valentine.
It’s not clear if the family will pursue any legal action. Valentine says teachers and staff should be setting examples to their students. He doesn’t believe this was a good example.