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Teacher caught on camera manhandling student is charged

MOUNT BLANCHARD, Ohio (WKRC) -- You may remember a story from May in which a teacher in northwestern Ohio was caught on camera manhandling a kindergarten student. That teacher has now been charged.

Barb Williams, was charged with child endangering, a misdemeanor, by the Findlay Prosecutor's office.

In May, video surfaced of the teacher grabbing Ian Nelson, a 6-year-old kindergarten student, by the face, pushing him against the wall and lifting him off the ground.

Williams was suspended, with pay, for the last 10 days of the school year.

A court document said Williams "recklessly and unlawfully created a substantial risk to the health and or safety of the child by violating a duty of care and protection."

"It's disgusting that they'd let this go with just a misdemeanor," Ian's father Anthony told WNWO-TV. Adding he thought the case should have gone to a grand jury to face felony charges.

Anthony and Autumn Nelson, have called for Williams to be fired and arrested.

Some of Williams' neighbors are still standing up for her, despite an online petition with more than 2,600 signatures demanding that she be fired.

Mt. Blanchard native Bob Bennett, a friend of teacher's husband, told WNWO-TV he's surprised and disappointed by the charge. "I think it was just a situation, where she'd put up with it, and put up with it, and finally she snapped," Bennett said.

Michelle Gessner signed the previously mentioned petition. She has three kids at Riverdale. When she thinks of an appropriate charge, she doesn't think it is a misdemeanor.

"Makes me sick," Gessner said. "Not a high enough punishment. We need to go higher."

No court date has been set and it remains unclear if criminal charges will impact Williams' employment.

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Source: WNWO-TV

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