Two Georgia preschool teachers have been arrested and charged after parents saw them abusing children on a live video from the classroom, WSB-TV reports.
The incident happened last week in the 3-year-old classroom at the Parker-Chase preschool in Roswell, Georgia. According to reports, a mom was checking on her son by watching the live feed to the classroom and saw two teachers appear to stand on a child’s hand, knee another child in the back, and poke the child’s forehead, pushing her backwards.
Brant Duncan and Gloria Barghi then called police and rushed to the school and demanded that the teachers be removed. They also contacted the victim’s mother.
“It doesn’t matter whose child it is,” Duncan said. “It’s a child. They’re helpless. They’re defenseless.”
After watching the video, police arrested Zeina Alostwani, 40, and Soriana Briceno, 19. They were both charged with cruelty to children in the first degree. Alostwani was granted a $75,000 bond and Briceno was not given bond based on her asylum and immigration status.
Since the arrest, the families of several other victims have come forward, prompted a wider investigation of the school to be launched. “So we have several weeks of video to go back and review to make sure there are no other instances of this kind of behavior,” Roswell police said.
In a message to parents, the preschool’s parent company said the teachers were fired for “inappropriate disciplinary actions.”
“While we are extremely grateful that the children are well, we take this matter seriously, and our investigation is ongoing,” school officials said. “We expect our staff to adhere to the highest standards of care, and any failure to do so will not be tolerated.”
Watch the report and see the video over at WSB-TV.