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POV | Assault charge would be an overreaction

In retrospect, I imagine Ashley Silas wishes she'd done things differently. But some people are overreacting to her supposed "crime."

Ms. Silas is the Brooks Elementary School teacher who was caught on video dragging a first-grader by the arm down a hall after he fell to the floor and threw a tantrum instead of accompanying Ms. Silas as he was supposed to. She was initially fired, then reinstated after an appeal.

I have no problem with the school's policies. Their rules are their rules. But now, things have moved into the realm of the ridiculous with the recommendation of Bullitt County Attorney John Wooldridge that Ms. Silas face criminal charges of assault in the matter.

Really? As a look at the video on our website will reveal, she didn't hit the child or yank violently on his arm. He just fell to the floor while she was holding his hand, Ms. Silas was having none of it, and she simply kept walking, pulling him along the floor for about 150 feet.

A smooth, polished floor, I might add. At home with Mom or Dad, most kids would probably consider that a fun game.

This wasn't a gravel road strewn with broken bottles.

Quite possibly, Ms. Silas broke school rules. But getting the courts involved in this matter strikes me as an injustice and waste of resources. Bullitt County has bigger problems.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.


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