- Surveillance cameras captured the moment former Wolters Elementary School Principal Brian Vollhardt shoved an 11-year-old special needs student
- Vollhardt was charged with child abuse and endangerment, but claims the boy pressed his fist against him first during the incident on June 7
- Vollhardt resigned and took a vice principal job at at the Tranquility High School after being suspended, but he has since been placed on leave
- The student’s guardian condemned Vollhardt’s actions and allegations against the boy who has autism, and her lawyer will file a complaint against the district
A Fresno elementary school principal was charged with child abuse and endangerment after it was revealed he pushed an 11-year-old special needs student to the ground.
The video shows the boy pointing at Vollhardt and speaking with him in the school cafeteria along with two other staff members.
As the boy appears to be leaving with the staff, he returns and points at Vollhardt one more time before the principal suddenly pushes the boy in the chest, sending the 11-year-old flying to the ground.
One of the staff members rushes to the boy’s aid, and Vollhardt can be seen pointing back toward the child and yelling at him.
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Ann Frank, the boy’s legal guardian who described him as her son, told ABC 30that she got a call from Vollhardt that day claiming the student assaulted him.
Frank said it took more than three months for the tapes to confirm what her boy had told her, that it was Vollhardt who knocked him to the ground.
‘You cannot put force to these kids like that,’ Frank said condemning Vollhardt’s actions. ‘My son is autistic. Any parents seeing this video, they know what I’m feeling right now.
‘My son was pushed with force by this principal who was supposed to protect him.’
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Vollhardt claims the boy was ‘getting in his face’ and had made fists and pressed them against him, causing the man to shove the kid.
Fresno Unified School District Superintendent Bob Nelson called Vollhardt’s actions ‘repugnant,’ and notified the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing about the incident.
Vollhardt, who has a specialized certification for handling students with autism, was hired as a vice principal at the Tranquility High School shortly after he left Fresno.
The Golden Plains Unified School District said that Vollhardt has been placed on leave after administrations learned about the incident and watched the video.
Vollhardt did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Frank applauded Golden Plains actions and said she never wants to see Vollhardt working with students.
‘He doesn’t deserve to work in anybody else’s school if he’s working in one,’ Frank told ABC. ‘He doesn’t need to handle anybody else’s kids.
‘Who’s to say how many other kids he’s done this to?’
Frank also condemned the district and police department’s slow response to the three-months-old incident and has since hired an attorney.
‘Anybody looking at that video, they don’t need three months to come to community and disclose what went on at this school,’ said Jason Bell of the Baradat& Paboojian firm.
Bell said he will be filing an official government claim against the Fresnco Unified School District on Friday, which paves the way for a lawsuit.
Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama said in a statement that he’s disappointed that he did not see the video until earlier this week and is implementing changes to make sure violent misdemeanor charges are reviewed by a supervisor.