Terri Johnston, a former speech language pathologist with South Paulding High School and Scoggins Middle School, turned herself into police custody after admitting to pulling out a chair from underneath a special needs student on purpose, with other teachers there to witness it.
The event happened right before winter break in Georgia, where Johnston was a speech pathologist working with a class of special needs students. The 20-year-old student who is now the center of this case did not report any injuries, but witnesses were shocked at Johnston’s behavior and acknowledged that was a terrible way of dealing with a special needs student.
The Daily Mail reports:
She allegedly pulled a chair from under a 20-year-old special-needs student, said Sergeant Ashley Henson.
‘And from what I’ve been told, there were actually other staff in the room that witnessed the event,’ Henson said.
The incident was investigated once classes resumed after winter break.
Those picking up students on Thursday told WSB-TV they were shocked at Johnston’s actions.
‘They’d be in big trouble with me anyways, if they didn’t let someone go for that reason,’ Amberlee Zachmeyer said.
But Kelly Floyd did not want to rush to conclusions.
‘You don’t know the story behind it though, so you can’t really judge by just what they did,’ Floyd said.
Johnston was fired from Paulding County Schools because of the incident, the district said in a statement.
‘We did not get any reports that the student was injured,’ said Henson. ‘But obviously, that’s not something you want to do to anybody, especially a special-needs student.’