By Carolyn Tisdale
An incident involving the abuse of a black preschool boy in Youngstown, Ohio has sparked outrage that prompted the local public school administration to take action.
WKBN-TV News, a CBS-affiliated media source in the greater Youngstown area reported on May 3rd that an unidentified white female preschool teacher had her employment terminated after a disturbing picture picture taken by one of her fellow teachers went public.
The teacher was previously employed at Alta Head Start, a pre-kindergarten education entity that assists 845 children in the Youngstown area. Alta Head Start is the operator of Programs of Promise, an initiative used at Youngstown’s Wilson School.
The teacher at the center of this Alta Head Start scandal was photographed forcibly grabbing a five-year-old black boy by his arm down a school hallway as the boy dragged helplessly behind her. The school or media was not able to confirm the actual incident that sparked the state-sanctioned abuse of a child, which is not warranted under any circumstances.
Joseph Shorokey is the CEO of Alta Care Group, the administrative body that runs the Alta Head Start Program in Mahoning County, Ohio. Shorokey released a statement condemning the teacher’s photographed action and said that his organization’s values are definitely contrary to what the now fired teacher did.
The teacher also received administrative notice from the Youngstown City School District not to return to the school where she was previously employed.
“These fine teachers and aides should not be unfairly portrayed as anything less because of the person who was terminated,” Shorokey said, according to WKBN-TV.
On the same day WKBN-TV broke its report on this situation, a representative from the Alta Head Start issued an apology to the five-year-old boy’s parent. The organization also vowed to extend its apologies to the community as well.