Disturbing video shows an Ohio daycare teacher shove a 4-year-old girl onto the floor while a second teacher looks on and then walks away.
Wilde Kingdom Early Learning Center teacher James Ciolino was fired and slapped with an assault charge for the June 21 incident, in which he knocks the girl to the ground as her legs are flung into the air and she bursts into a crying fit.
“Get out of here,” Ciolino is heard saying as he goes back to clapping and leading the class in a good morning song.
The girl cries loudly on the ground for about 50 seconds before he finally gets up from a chair — but rather than check on her or try to comfort her, he slings her under his arm like a sack of potatoes and takes her from the room.
Lisa McMillion, the Fairfield daycare’s director, told WKRC-TV she fired both teachers and filed the report against them.
“The video itself has all the truth it needs in it,” McMillion told the station. ”So as you watch that, or as soon as you see that, you know immediately what needs to be done.”
Before the video, the little girl had left the room with another class, according to WKRC. The teacher of that class, identified as Jennifer Miller, yelled at Ciolino to come get her, but the man – who is described as 6-foot tall and more than 300 lbs. – closed the door to his classroom.
Miller is seen in the video opening the door to Ciolino’s class and leading the girl into it.
Ciolino forcefully pushes the girl, in plain sight of Miller, who does nothing but watch, letting the door close again. Miller faces a charge of child endangerment. Both teachers have pleaded not guilty.
The little girl’s mother, who wasn’t identified, told WKRC the video showed the man push the girl away “like an animal.”
“A little baby who knows nothing who all she knows in life is play, eat and sleep – you push her down on her chest,” the mom said. “And she’s lying down crying and you are still doing what you were doing? What a heartless man.”