SANTA FE, N.M. - Two New Mexico teachers will face child abuse charges after they were caught on surveillance video dragging a blind 6-year-old special needs child down the hallway by his ankles, authorities say.
"When you see a child being dragged down a hall, and he did complain that his head hurt after the incident, it's something we have to take very seriously," Santa Fe police Sgt. Andrea Dobyns told ABC affiliate KOAT.
The teacher told police she was trying to get the student from one classroom to another and he wasn't cooperating and so she resorted to dragging him there. The video shows a second teacher joining in, to pull the boy on his back by his legs. A third adult can be seen following the pair.
The second teacher in the video also faces child abuse charges, the station reported. She is a contract employee in the Special Education Department and police said she has not cooperated with the investigation.
The third person in the video, who did not touch the boy, will not face charges because he reported the incident to his supervisor, who also reported it to the school.
"That's not right. If that was happening to my son I would have such a fit," parent Renee Coblentz told the station. "It breaks my heart."
The boy complained about head pain to a nurse afterward, but did not need medical treatment.
School officials released a statement saying the teacher is on administrative leave and they are focused on student safety.
The boy's mother wants the teacher punished, saying while she knows her son is hard to handle at times, but said he never deserved to be treated that way.