A former California principal is facing child abuse and endangerment charges after allegedly abusing a special needs student, the Fresno Police Department said Thursday.
The incident happened on June 7 at Wolters Elementary School in Fresno, according to The Fresno Bee. Brian Vollhardt, identified as the now ex-principal of the school, is reportedly seen striking a special needs student in what appears to be the cafeteria of the school.
Police began investigating Vollhardt after an employee contacted the police, following the altercation.
“Instead of de-escalating the situation, which is what we expect of an educator in our system, the former principal chooses to aggressively shove the student down instead,” Fresno police said during a Thursday news conference.