An elementary school teacher in South Florida found herself
behind bars after police say she shoved a student’s head into a wall and knocked
out his tooth.
NBC affiliate WPTV-TV reports that 64-year-old Cynthia Smith was arrested on Friday and charged with child abuse before she bonded out of the Palm Beach County jail hours later.
According to an arrest report, surveillance video showed Smith
inside the hallway at the Riviera Beach school last week when a student appears
to move his hand on a bulletin board. At that point, Smith is allegedly seen on
camera grabbing the seven-year-old and shoving him face first into the wall
before walking away.
The student told police that Smith told him not to touch the
wall before shoving his head and later said to wash his mouth out after
complaining of bleeding. Smith told police she did not touch the student at any
The school’s principal said Smith has taught there for 12
years and had at least four cases where the teacher had been reported for
incidents. School district officials have not said whether she has been suspended
at this time.