Teacher Suspended For Allegedly Punching 5-Year-Old Girl

August 15, 2014  |  

A Kindergarten teacher has been suspended from the Sheffield Elementary School in Tennessee after they allegedly punched a 5-year-old student in the face.

“My daughter said she was crying and screaming because she wanted to come home with me, her mother, and the teacher got mad because she wanted to go to the restroom again,” Tiffany McConnell, Payden McConnell’s mother told My Fox Memphis, “She had just left the restroom and she wanted to use the restroom again and the teacher got mad and pushed her down and punched her.”

Tiffany went on to say that she noticed Payden’s eye was puffy, but she initially thought that it was because she’d been crying, but when the kindergartener woke up with a black eye the following day, she knew something was wrong.

“The next day she woke up and had a black eye,” Tiffany said before revealing that she immediately phoned the school’s principle and told him what happened.

Tiffany adds that at first, the principle called her “And said that nothing really came up and I told her I was going to further investigate, and she called me 20 minutes later and told me one of the students … she had forgot to tell me that one of the students said the teacher pushed my daughter down.”

Tiffany filed a police report regarding the Aug. 5 incident earlier this week, saying that she was initially told by a Memphis police officer not to file a report because the incident occurred on a school campus. The school district has since released a statement regarding the altercation.

“The District is investigating these allegations, and the teacher has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation,” the statement reads.

Tiffany also revealed to reporters that she will not be sending Payden back to Sheffield Elementary School, which we certainly cannot fault her for. In fact, she says that she intends to homeschool the girl from now on.

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