A 7-year-old Baltimore elementary school student is in the hospital after his parents say an assistant teacher threw him against a wall while taking him to the office.
The scene sounds like a parent’s worst nightmare. Lateekqua Jackson told WBAL-TV that she arrived at City Springs Elementary/Middle School in the Washington Hill neighborhood on Monday to find her son crying in an ambulance. Her son’s teacher was nearby and covered in the boy’s blood, she told the news station.
Jackson said her son, Travon Grayson, told her that the man, identified by police today as 25-year-old Timothy Randall Korr, threw him against a wall while he was bringing him to the principal’s office to be disciplined. Grayson had to be hospitalized after the incident, and his parents say his injuries, which include a fractured jaw and a couple missing teeth, will require him to undergo surgery.
Baltimore City Schools confirmed in a statement that a student was hurt and said the teacher accused of hurting the boy was a staff member employed by Baltimore Curriculum Project, a nonprofit charter school operator that serves five schools in the city. “We are working with BCP to cooperate fully in the police investigation of the incident and will take any action warranted once the investigation is complete,” the statement said.
Police revealed that after reviewing video footage from the school that captured the assault, they obtained an arrest warrant for Korr. He was arrested today and booked on charges of felony first-and second-degree child abuse, as well as first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and neglect of a minor.
The nonprofit said in a statement that Korr’s “employment…has been terminated.”
“We are heartsick that this child suffered this injury,” the statement said. “We pray for his complete and quick recovery and for his family as well. This is an unusual, isolated incident for our schools, and we are participating in a thorough investigation into what exactly happened.”
As Grayson’s father told WBAL-TV, no loving parent wants to send their child to a place that could lead them to end up in the hospital. “He goes to school and you think he was safe,” he said. “It’s just really pretty bad.”
This story has been updated with comment from the Baltimore Curriculum Project and arrest information from the Baltimore Police Department.
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