Teacher who knocked down special needs student out on bond

Published: Mar. 28, 2016 at 2:47 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 28, 2016 at 10:12 PM EDT
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TIFTON, GA (WALB) - A teacher who was caught on surveillance video knocking over a child with special needs is out of jail on bond after she was arrested.

Police said 71 year old Amelia Stripling, turned herself in to police Friday afternoon, after warrants were issued for her arrest.

She was charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a child.

VIDEO: Watch the full surveillance footage

According to a report, Stripling was released on a $15,000 bond.

The incident happened at the Tift County Pre-K Center in Tifton on March 17.

The child's mother said Stripling thrust her knee into the little boy's back, causing him to fall.

Stripling resigned the next day.

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School system officials say they have no prior complaints in Amelia Stripling's personnel file during her 22-year career with Tift County Schools.

They say policies already in place helped bring the event to light.

"We are mandated by the state to report, and that's exactly what our teacher did," said Stacey Beckham with Tift County Schools. "When she saw what happened, she immediately went to her superior supervisors and told them what had happened. Of course, we were able to take care of it."

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