Florida teacher Khadijah Tynnettta Muhammad was arrested for an alleged student assault at Margate Elementary, leading to her reassignment during the investigation and causing parental concern.
Florida Teacher Arrested After Slamming Kindergartner On The Ground For Throwing Piece Of Paper
Following the discovery of CCTV footage showing her grabbing a youngster by the neck and throwing him to the ground, a Florida school teacher was taken under arrest.
Khadijah Tynnettta Muhammad, 54, allegedly assaulted a kindergartener who wasn't one of her students, according to the local police.
According to a recent police report that WPLG was able to obtain, the event at Margate Elementary School in Broward County on October 10 occurred in front of other children and staff personnel.
Muhammad "aggressively approached the child and physically grabbed him by his left wrist," according to the police.
This took place when the youngster threw a piece of paper toward a few of his classmates.
As per WPLG, the report added: "She continued to lift him off the ground by his arms, twist his arms, and grabbed him by the back of his shirt while shoving him across the hallway.”
"She ripped the jacket off his back and continuously grabbed the student by his arms, wrists, shirt, and jacket until the altercation ended.”
"Towards the end of the video, which was partially blocked from the camera view, she appeared to grab him around his neck and slam him to the ground."
The whole attack, according to the police, lasted roughly two minutes. Muhammad was then taken into custody at her Lauderdale Lakes home and accused of abusing children.
Following the allegations, a number of parents have expressed their worries and shock; WPLG has spoken with other parents whose children attend Margate Elementary School.
Nikki Glasco, one parent, told the outlet: "I know our kids may act out at times, but if there’s a problem, leave the disciplining to the parents."
In the meantime, Marilyn White, a mom who also agreed, stated: "It’s very disgusting to know that that happened. I would have never expected that from Margate."
WPLG sent a reporter to Muhammad's house as part of their coverage, but when they spoke with her husband via a doorbell camera, he did not reveal too much.
"Is it true at all? Any truth to the allegations?," the reporter asked, to which the husband replied: "We have no comment, sir. No comment!”
Muhammad was still employed by the school as of Friday, according to confirmation from the district.
"The safety and well-being of students are always our highest priority," they said in a statement to WPLG.
"The school is working closely with law enforcement regarding this situation, and the teacher involved has been reassigned away from students and the school pending the outcome of the case.”
"We defer to the Margate Police Department for any additional details they can provide regarding their investigation."
Educators must follow rules when dealing with student behavior. This case highlights the importance of thorough investigations to prioritize student safety and well-being.