CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — 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.
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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.