IPS substitute teacher accused of dragging kindergartener by ankles

Posted at 2:20 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 15:12:18-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A substitute teacher at an Indianapolis Elementary School is accused of dragging a 5-year-old out from under a desk earlier this week.

Britney Cole said her daughter, Amicah, is still too scared to go back to Arlington Woods School 99. 

“She told me she’s scared of the teachers,” said Cole. “She’s not sure if the teachers are going to hurt her.”

Cole said Amicah had crawled under a desk on Monday when a substitute teacher grabbed her by the ankles and dragged her out from underneath it. 

That substitute teacher is not currently facing any charges for the incident, but Indianapolis Public Schools said she is no longer on assignment with the district and they are continuing their investigation.

Cole said her daughter is physically okay, but mentally shaken by the incident.

“I was a little taken aback a teacher would actually do that," said Cole.

Cole said she plans to send her daughter back to the kindergarten class, but she still has a lot of questions for the substitute teacher involved.

“I would just want to know why she would react the way she did react instead of properly handling the situation,” said Cole. “Was she under that much stress? Why would she do that?”

IPS released the following statement regarding the incident:

“We are aware of the incident that happened on Monday, May 8, at Arlington Woods School 99 involving a substitute teacher and a kindergarten student. IPS school leadership immediately filed all of the necessary reports to CPS.”

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