A teacher in Ohio has been fired after she was caught dragging a young student down a school hallway.
The teacher, whose name has not been disclosed, worked at a Youngstown school in the Mahoning County Head Start program, reports KTLA.
The picture of the incident was taken by another teacher at the school, according to Denise Dick, spokeswoman for the Youngstown City Schools.
The offending teacher was employed by Alta Care Group, a non-profit company that had run the Head Start program for the City of Youngstown and Mahoning County since July 2015, according to the organization's website.
Nationally, the Head Start program dates back to 1964, when former President Lyndon B. Johnson declared The War on Poverty in his State of the Union speech.
"Shortly thereafter, Sargent Shriver took the lead in assembling a panel of experts to develop a comprehensive child development program that would help communities meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool children," explains the federal organization's website. "Head Start has served more than 30 million children since 1965, growing from an eight-week demonstration project to include full day/year services and many program options."
The Alta Care Group summarizes its Head Start program on their site:
Alta Head Start/Early Head Start is a pre-school program -- licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services -- that is designed to improve the quality of life for children ages birth to 5 years old and give them a “Head Start” in education. Priority is given to families meeting age and income guidelines as set by the Department of Health and Human Services. No child will be excluded from the Head Start program because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or special needs condition. No fee is charged for Head Start/Early Head Start services.
Alta CEO Joe Shorokey issued a statement on May 4 regarding the student-dragging incident. “I want to make sure it is clear that the individual who was terminated does not reflect the values of the dedicated and skilled professionals at Alta Head Start," he said. "These fine teachers and aides should not be unfairly portrayed as anything less because of the person who was terminated." He added: "We took this matter very seriously. We took action immediately. We apologized to the parents, as well as to the community."
Shorokey is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision Designation who has served Alta since 1985 as a psychometrician, intensive home-based therapist, outpatient therapist, school-based therapist, supervisor, program director, department director, clinical director, and CEO.
Sources: KTLA, Head Start, Alta Head Start / Photo credit: White House Photograph Office/Robert L. Knudsen/Wikimedia Commons, KTLA