Newly-released surveillance video shows a teacher, Tim Garner, body slamming a 17-year-old student, Zack Tumlin, at the Lumpkin County Alternative School in Georgia in 2017.
Garner reportedly grabbed Zack by his throat while dragging him down a table in the school cafeteria.
The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office charged Garner with first degree child cruelty and simple battery, noted WAGA.
Garner told WSB-TV that he “absolutely” doesn’t regret his actions:
I was in fear of a head-butt or something like that or carrying something.
Garner claimed that he asked Zack to clean up the mess he had made in the cafeteria:
He didn’t say anything until he put his hand on me and when he did that, I reacted. He was right up on me and when he did that. The next thing,
I just wanted to control his hitting hand. He’s right hand dominant and that’s all he hits with. I’ve never seen him throw a punch with his left hand.
The lawyer for Zack released a statement in response:
Coach Garner’s assertions that my client is a troubled and violent youth is absurd, as is the assertion that my client initiated any contact with him.
The truth of the matter, as the video clearly shows, is that Coach Garner decided to subdue and choke a child for almost 50 seconds as a method of exercising discretionary discipline for a minor infraction in the lunchroom.
We expect Coach Garner to be held accountable and take responsibility for his lapse in judgment, and for the School District to do the right thing in settling the civil claims that will follow the criminal prosecution.
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