SC teacher fired amidst investigation into pinching, hitting student

An Upstate teacher is fired after a woman says her 3-year-old son came home from school saying he had been pinched and hit by the teacher in class.

The family says the incident occurred at Fuller Normal which is a private, Christian-based school in Greenville.

Officials with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office confirm they’re investigating the case.

A letter sent home to parents says the incident occurred on Tuesday, September 22nd.

According to the child’s mother, Olga Arnold, her son came home upset.

“He said the teacher slapped him in the eye and pinched his ear until he started crying,” said Arnold.

“Her do this,” the 3-year-old said while squeezing his ear on camera.

“When he had come home, his ear was bright red. I tried to take a picture as soon as I could.”

8News sister station 7 On Your Side reached out to administration at the school several times. No one returned our calls for comment.

The letter sent home to parents does say that the teacher has since been fired.

“They’re supposed to go to school to feel safe, not to get hit,” said Arnold.

Arnold admits her son told her he was in trouble for running around in his pre-K classroom.  She said she called law enforcement because that bad behavior didn’t warrant what they say happened after.

“Call me. Don’t put your hands on my child because now he’s three and he doesn’t want to go back to school,” she added.

Arnold says she would have been very receptive to a note sent home, call, or parent-teacher conference.

“I know for a fact that hitting is not an option when a child is doing something bad  I know that you get upset, you get frustrated, but these aren’t your kids,” said Arnold.

She says her son will not be going back to Fuller Normal School.

Greenville County deputies have not said whether the teacher will face charges.

In part, the letter sent home from Fuller Normal School says:

Thank you for trusting your child’s educational future to our care.  However, on 22 September 2015 we had an incident which we deeply regret.  The teacher involved was immediately fired and Social Services was contacted.

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