Georgia preschool teachers caught on camera abusing children
Two Georgia preschool teachers have been arrested after a live camera feed caught the two teachers abusing pint-sized students.
Footage obtained by WSBTV shows a teacher stepping on a child’s fingers, then hitting another student with her knee from behind. Another teacher can be seen using her finger to push a student’s head away after standing in front of the child.
Parents watching a live stream of the class witnessed the incident.
Zeina Alostwani, 40, and Soriana Briceno, 19, were both arrested for child cruelty by Roswell police.
The incident happened in a class of three-year-olds at Parker-Chase Preschool in Roswell, according to WSBTV. Two relatives watched as it happened.
“I saw it but I was like no, I didn’t see that,” mother Gloria Barghi told WSBTV.
She and her parent Brant Duncan rushed to school and asked teachers to stay away from the children, WSBTV reported. The parents of the victims and the police have been contacted.
The relative of one of the victims, who did not wish to be identified, also spoke.
“It was a matter of seconds, and I knew what we saw was deliberate and my stomach was right in my throat at the time,” she told WSBTV.
Several other victims have come forward since the arrests and a wider investigation is ongoing.
A Roswell police spokesperson said WSBTV officers would go back several weeks to review the footage to see if there were any other possible cases of abuse.
The preschool said in a statement that the teachers were fired for “improper disciplinary action”.
“While we are extremely grateful that the children are doing well, we take this matter seriously and our investigation is ongoing,” the school said, according to WSBTV. “We expect our staff to adhere to the highest standards of care, and any breach of this obligation will not be tolerated.”
A judge on Tuesday granted Aostwani $75,000 bail, but Briceno was denied bail due to his asylum and immigration status, WSBTV reported.