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Teacher charged with hanging child by belt on chalkboard

6 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Friday, May 20 2016 May 20, 2016 May 20, 2016 10:27 AM May 20, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

CONYERS, Ga. - A former Atlanta-area elementary school paraprofessional who's accused of hanging a child by his belt from the classroom's chalkboard has been charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Media outlets report that Antonio Cammon, who worked as a paraprofessional at Shoal Creek Elementary School in Conyers, must report to jail by 6 p.m. Friday.

The school's principal, Tiwon Tony, said he found the 5-year-old child "hanging by himself" after hearing screams from teacher Tiffany Thomas's classroom on May 5.

Cammon was fired after the incident.

Cammon's attorney, Jackie Patterson, says it was an accident. He says Cammon had lifted the child, and the child's pants accidentally got caught on a hook on the chalkboard.

A teacher and another paraprofessional were arrested, but the judge ruled there wasn't enough evidence to charge them.

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