Surveillance video shows a Georgia elementary school teacher choking a fifth-grader in a school cafeteria.
The boy was using profanity and threatening to hit teacher Stephanie Fleet during the May 22 incident, according to written statements from other students and teachers.
The boy’s mother, Chiquita Handley, filed an open records request with DeKalb County Schools and months later obtained video from the incident, reported WXIA-TV.
The video shows her 11-year-old son Ravon sitting at a table with other students when Fleet grabs him from his chair from behind.
The fifth-grade teacher chokes the student from behind as she lifts the boy to his toes and marches him toward a hallway, where two teachers take Ravon to the principal’s office.
Witnesses said the video does not show the boy causing a disruption or threatening the teacher.
Fleet told school officials her actions were “an acceptable defensive hold” for a student because the boy had raised his hand to hit her.
The teacher was suspended three days without pay, given a letter of reprimand, and put on a professional development plan.
But Handley said the punishment wasn’t enough, based on what she saw on the video.
“She choked somebody’s child, and she’s able to get back into the same building and teach,” she said. “If it was me choking my own child caught on tape, there’s no way that my two kids would still be in the house with me. She should not be teaching.”
Handley said she would explore legal action against the teacher and school district.
Watch this video report posted online by WXIA-TV: