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Special Needs Teacher Resigns After Video Appears to Show Her Knocking Down Student

Special needs teacher appears to knock over student on this school surveillance footage.  (WGCL-TV) Special needs teacher appears to knock over student on this school surveillance footage. (WGCL-TV)

A Georgia special needs teacher has resigned after surveillance video appears to show her knocking a 4-year-old student to the ground.

The incident happened at the Tift County Pre-K Center in Tifton on March 17, CBS affiliate WALB-TVreported Thursday. Instructor Amelia Stripling quit her position with the school district after the boy’s parents were notified, the station said.

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Mom Sarah Patterson said the teacher kneed her son in the back, sending him sprawling on the floor in front of a classroom.

Tift County school officials have reported Stripling to the Division of Family and Children Services, the station reported. It was not clear whether she had retained an attorney.

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Her teacher’s page has been removed from the school’s website, the station reported.  She had worked at the school for 20 years, officials said.  

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