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Board meeting allows parents to speak about Riverdale teacher incident

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MOUNT BLANCHARD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Parents are finally getting the chance to speak out at a board meeting after a teacher in their district is caught on camera grabbing a kindergartner violently. No matter if you support the teacher in question or you want her fired, everyone at the meeting agreed the video of the incident is shocking.

"I would not wish this incident to be on any district in the state of Ohio or in the great United States," said John Livingston, Board President, Riverdale Local Schools.

Livingston admits it's been a tough week since surveillance video came out showing kindergarten teacher Barb Williams picking 6-year-old Ian Nelson up and putting him against a wall.

"After watching the video, there isn't anyone on this school board or the administration that condones those actions that we saw," said Livingston.

The teacher was suspended for 10 days without pay by Superintendent Eric Hoffman, a decision Livingston supports. Now, the district waits for decisions to be made by the prosecutor's office.

"Until we hear those decisions, we are where we are right now. We're kind of in a holding pattern. The right thing will be done as soon as all the fact presented," said Livingston.

Family of Ian Nelson were at the school board meeting Monday May 19 night, but didn't want to comment. Other concerned residents and parents did speak their minds.

"Yes, she made a mistake, but is it something we should destroy her career over? When up to now, from what I can gather, she's been an extremely good teacher. So I think we just need to slow down, calm down, take a look at this and make a judgment based on fact," said Mark Dunbar of Mount Blanchard.

"I want to make sure that my son and my youngest son, when his time comes to go to school here will be looked after properly and somebody won't get away with something that no ordinary person would get away with," said William Perin, Riverdale parent.

We will stay with this story and bring you any more details.

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