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Ex California Principal Charged After Shoving 11-Year-Old Autistic Student

Former California Principal Charged After Shoving 11-Year-Old Student With Autism On Camera

Former California Principal Charged After Shoving 11-Year-Old Student With Autism On Camera

A Fresno elementary school principal was charged with child abuse and endangerment after it was revealed he pushed an 11-year-old special needs student to the ground.

Newly released footage from inside Wolters Elementary School depicts the moment Brian Vollhardt, who resigned amid a police investigation over the summer, violently shoved the boy with autism on June 7.

The video shows the boy pointing at Vollhardt and speaking with him in the school cafeteria along with two other staff members. As the boy appears to be leaving with the staff, he returns and points at Vollhardt one more time before the principal suddenly pushes the boy in the chest, sending the 11-year-old flying to the ground.

One of the staff members rushes to the boy’s aid, and Vollhardt can be seen pointing back toward the child and yelling at him. Ann Frank, the boy’s legal guardian who described him as her son, told ABC 30 that she got a call from Vollhardt that day claiming the student assaulted him.

Frank said it took more than three months for the tapes to confirm what her boy had told her, that it was Vollhardt who knocked him to the ground.

‘You cannot put force to these kids like that,’ Frank said condemning Vollhardt’s actions. ‘My son is autistic. Any parents seeing this video, they know what I’m feeling right now.

‘My son was pushed with force by this principal who was supposed to protect him.’

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Vollhardt claims the boy was ‘getting in his face’ and had made fists and pressed them against him, causing the man to shove the kid.

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