FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) —
A brand new lawsuit accuses a longtime Dinuba instructor of utilizing bodily violence in a fifth-grade classroom.
“He principally should’ve simply melted down and smacked a ten-yr-previous boy not as soon as however twice,” stated Kara Hitchcock, the lawyer representing the household of their lawsuit towards Dinuba Unified and the instructor, Edward Warkentin.
The boy says his day at Kennedy Elementary Faculty in December 2016 obtained a bit of violent whereas youngsters in his class labored on a challenge.
The lawsuit filed this month says his instructor obtained mad the boy was speaking, so he smacked the fifth grader within the face with some papers. His lawyer says a backhand to the face adopted.
“For a grown man to hit somewhat boy, it is astonishing,” Hitchcock stated. “However a lot much less for a instructor to hit somewhat boy? That is disturbing.”
She says the boy suffered bodily ache and psychological difficulties afterward, together with behavioral modifications like a worry of male academics.
She says a number of college students noticed it occur and they’ll again up the boy’s story.
In truth, the lawsuit says Warkentin has a sample of coping with college students in a harsh, abusive method.
“After this occurred, info got here out that he had prior incidents of violence within the classroom — nothing to the purpose of putting a toddler,” Hitchcock stated. “However I might classify throws books, throwing a sweater, issues alongside these strains as definitely not applicable.”
Motion Information reached out to Warkentin by e-mail Wednesday however acquired no response.
He was taught in Dinuba Unified for 22 years, principally on the elementary faculty degree via seventh grade, however the district moved him from Kennedy Elementary to the campus of the district’s continuation faculty and grownup faculty.
Warkentin has no public disciplinary data on his instructor’s credential.
The Dinuba Unified superintendent informed us he is not conscious of the lawsuit. However earlier this yr the boy’s household submitted a authorities declare. The obligatory precursor to a lawsuit towards a authorities entity and the varsity district rejected it.
Directors did not reply to our questions concerning the accusations or any self-discipline they could have imposed on Warkentin.
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