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Ga. teacher resigns after she’s shown knocking down special-needs child — VIDEO

TIFTON, Ga. — A Georgia teacher has resigned after surveillance video appears to show her knocking a special-needs student to the floor in a school hallway.

WALB-TV reports the incident happened at the Tift County Pre-K Center in Tifton on March 17.

The child’s mother, Sarah Patterson, tells the station that the teacher thrust her knee into the little boy’s back, causing him to fall forward near a classroom door.

Tift County school officials say the boy was not hurt. School spokeswoman Stacey Beckham said Amelia Stripling, a teacher for 22 years, resigned the next day. She says an eyewitness said it appeared she intentionally pushed the child.

There was no answer Friday at a Tifton phone number listed under Stripling’s name.

Tifton is about 200 miles south of Atlanta.

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