Gym teacher forcibly drags young female student into pool
A gym teacher was charged with bodily injury to a child after shocking video of him dragging a 13-year-old girl to the pool came out.
A video report presented by Inside Edition on YouTube showed an interview conducted with the girl, who requested to remain unidentified, and her mother as well as a family attorney.
In the interview, the girl revealed that all hell broke loose when she denied going into the pool because she had just had her hair done.
The teacher identified as Denny Peterson, working at Edison High School in Stockton, California, is facing a charge of corporal injury to a child.
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The clip filmed by one of the victim’s friends shows the girl screaming and refusing to go into the water. However, the gym teacher is hearing none of it as he continues to manhandle her into diving inside the pool.
The girl is on the floor wearing only a short and a bikini bra and is struggling hard to get away from the man. She is seen doing her best to get away from the man and to angle her body away from the pool.
The entire episode goes on for a rather long time – about 95 seconds – and even other students try to intervene and stop the teacher. However, he continues to ignore them.
He is also heard shouting at them to get out of his way as he continues to force the 13-year-old girl into getting into the pool.
She told Inside Edition, “It makes me want to cry seeing the video. I was really upset. I was embarrassed and angry that he was doing all of this in front of people, just putting his hands on me.”
Her mother, Susie Garcia, said in the interview that it was shocking to her because you don’t expect a teacher to behave in such a way with your child when she goes to school.
The family attorney, Gilbert Somera, explained that the teacher’s behavior was completely inappropriate.
He told the source, “No means no, and stop certainly means stop. This was carried on for more than a minute and a half, two minutes. He dragged her down from the stairs. She's got big bruises on her leg. At some point as an adult, you have to say, ‘What am I doing?’”
According to Daily Mail, Peterson has been a teacher for more than 10 years after having been employed by the school district. He was put on paid leave for a month immediately after the horrific incident.
Such cases of abuse at school are one of the most tragic things. It is important to single out such inappropriate behavior and to raise voice against them.
Back in July, a similar tragic incident occurred at a Hummelstown school, where a 39-year-old teacher was accused of institutional sexual assault of a minor.