DeKalb teacher’s assistant should be fired for pushing boy to floor, mother says

The mother of a 10-year-old boy who was allegedly pushed to the floor by a DeKalb County teacher’s assistant thinks the woman should be fired, according to Channel 2 Action News.

“My son had came home about 2:30 or 3 o’clock and said, mom don’t get mad but this grown lady had pushed me down to the floor with both hands,” the woman, who asked that her identity be withheld, told Channel 2.

“I’m hoping she gets fired.”

The assistant, 47-year-old Carlas Smith, made contact of an “insulting and provoking nature” and “pushed her hands into the chest” of the child, according to the arrest warrant, which was obtained by Channel 2. The contact caused the student to fall to the floor, according to the warrant.

The incident happened last week at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur.

Smith was arrested by school police and charged with simple battery.

“According to a report she claimed my son verbally assaulted her,” the boy’s mother said. “According to the students interviewed, though, he didn’t do anything like that. He basically was just asking for a pencil and she was trying to provoke him for whatever reason.”

The DeKalb school district issued a statement to Channel 2 that said, in part, “An incident involving an employee at McNair Discovery Learning earlier this week has resulted in a district investigation and the employee being placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”

The mother decided not to remove her son from the school because he likes it there.

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