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Prosecutor recommends assault charge for teacher who dragged student

Published: Jan. 20, 2015 at 6:13 PM EST|Updated: May. 12, 2015 at 9:51 PM EDT
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SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Bullitt County prosecutor's office has recommended a fourth-degree assault charge for a teacher who was seen on school surveillance video dragging a 6-year-old boy through the hallway.

Hillview Police launched an investigation into the Oct. 29 incident at Brooks Elementary School after the father of the 6-year-old being dragged through the halls by his teacher asked them to review the surveillance camera video.

"If it was not a criminal act, we wouldn't have investigated it," said Det. Charles McWhirter.

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Tuesday, police handed their findings over to the Bullitt County Prosecutors office. Prosecutor John Wooldridge said his office forwarded a criminal complaint on to a Bullitt County Judge against the teacher, Ashley Silas. It's for a fourth degree, misdemeanor assault charge for her actions with the first grader.

Silas refused to be interviewed by police, but weeks earlier told school investigators that the boy was enjoying sliding down the hall and being the center of attention - and she did it because he was being disruptive.

It all started at the far side of the hall on the first floor of Brooks Elementary. The school says the 6-year-old was misbehaving on the playground and sat down near the gym, refusing to get up. Silas grabbed his wrist and started dragging him.

In the first few feet she passed two critical response team members in Kindergarten classrooms on either side of the hall, but Silas never asked for assistance. A few feet later a third teacher saw Silas dragging the boy up the hall and offered help, but Silas said no, according to school investigators.

Police say Silas dragged the boy 158 feet, ending in the first aid room of the school office. A guidance counselor standing in the office at the time testified she was appalled and had never seen anything like it.

Silas was fired by Bullitt County Superintendent Keith Davis for what happened. Then a review panel known as a tribunal overturned the decision.

The tribunal knocked Silas's punishment down to a seven week suspension without pay after ruling the teacher was being inappropriate but not abusive.

The family, who asked not to be identified, was outraged.

"I don't know anyone who would want their child drug like that," the father of the 6-year-old said. "And if I had done something like that in a public setting I would be here talking to you I would be in jail."

A judge will still have to sign the misdemeanor assault charge for the case to go forward. That could happen as early as Wednesday morning.

Even if Silas is charged and convicted, it's unlikely she will face jail time. Silas continues to teach in Bullitt County, although now at a different school.

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