A young girl was dragged from a classroom in Edmonton, Alberta, for more than 20 minutes, while her teachers sat in the back, after her diagnosis with a neurological disorder.
CBC News obtained a video from a school employee who witnessed the incident, in which a male teacher allegedly dragged a 10-year-old girl out of the classroom during a test.
“The teacher was in front of the girl, so I’m guessing she wasn’t paying attention,” said Erin Smith, a student at the High Park School.
“When I saw her get pushed from the front, I just started running.
I’m trying to see what’s going on.
Smith said she was sitting in her classroom with her sister and friend, who had just taken a test, when the teacher pushed the girl away. “
It’s so upsetting because she has been bullied before.”
Smith said she was sitting in her classroom with her sister and friend, who had just taken a test, when the teacher pushed the girl away.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, what happened?’
And she just started crying,” she said.
“So I ran towards her and grabbed her.
She was just like, what the hell are you doing?
And I was like ‘I’m just trying to help her.’
I was just so scared.”
Smith told CBC News she did not see the teacher’s face, but he said he was dressed in a white shirt and black pants.
The teacher and his partner have been placed on administrative leave.
Smith said the teacher and teacher’s partner have since been removed from the classroom.
She said her sister said she had been told the teacher would be disciplined.
She called the incident “unacceptable.”
“I mean, that teacher is just not a good person,” Smith said.
Smith also said she has witnessed bullying and has spoken to her friends about being bullied.
She told CBC she felt like she was in the middle of a national debate on the issue.
“We’re talking about bullying.
It’s happening everywhere.
I feel like that’s something that should be discussed, not a taboo,” Smith told the news outlet.