A substitute teacher in Florida accused of slamming four students' heads into a wall and calling them "evil" while attempting to reprimand them has been charged with child abuse, police said.
The woman, Mohga Kodsy, 59, had reportedly lined the students, aged 7 to 8, up against the wall because they had been acting out. They were trying to turn their heads around to watch a movie the rest of the class was viewing at the time of the alleged abuse.
"It's just unfortunate that this had to come to that, to a corporal punishment, and also calling them a very strong word which isn't right either," Daytona Beach Police Public Information Officer Lyda Long told local CBS affiliate News 6 WKMG.
After the incident, the crying children were examined by a school nurse who was unable to find any injuries, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Police said Kodsy, who has been a substitute for the Volusia County Schools since 2017, admitted to lining the children against the wall, but said she never touched them.
Still, two of the victims' parents opted to press charges; Kodsy is faced with two counts of an act that could result in the physical/mental injury of a child. Child abuse is a felony offense.
"It's not something that anybody should be doing to a kid in school or anywhere else really," Long said, according to News 6 WKMG.
Robert Edgcomb, a spokesman for the school district, told the Orlando Sentinel that Kodsy will no longer be allowed to substitute within the district.
“Due to her arrest, she is not permitted to teach on any Volusia County Schools campus,” he said.
According to jail records from Volusia County Corrections, Kodsy is not currently in custody.
[Photo: Volusia County Corrections]
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