Shocking secret footage reveals teacher aides slapping and choking special needs student before knocking him off a chair

A teacher handed police shocking secret footage which allegedly shows two colleagues slapping and choking a special needs student before knocking him off a chair.

The video was filmed at Harper-Archer Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia, over four days by an anonymous teacher who claimed the principal did not act on her complaints.

Classroom aide Alger Coleman III has been arrested and charged with child cruelty which police say was malicious and caused the boy excessive pain.

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Attack: Shocking secret footage allegedly shows two classroom aides assaulting a student in Atlanta

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Attack: Shocking secret footage allegedly shows two classroom aides assaulting a student in Atlanta

Action: One aide has been criminally charged and another has been reassigned outside the classroom

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Action: One aide has been criminally charged and another has been reassigned outside the classroom

‘I was shocked, outraged and you have to add profoundly disappointed,’ said Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis told CBS 46.

‘We are looking into all of the communications that took place’.

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Charged: Classroom aide Alger Coleman

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Charged: Classroom aide Alger Coleman

The video appears to show Coleman, and another female aide alleged to be Keisha Smith, repeatedly physically abusing two boys.

One shocking section shows an aide smack one of the boys in the head so hard he falls out of his chair.

After the boy gets back up, he is put in a choke hold and slapped again.

The video was recorded in February.

Ms Smith was not criminally charged and was instead reassigned outside the classroom pending a disciplinary hearing.

But Kimberly Green, spokesman for Atlanta Public Schools, told MailOnline Ms Smith resigned on Monday before the hearing could take place.

‘She’s no longer with the school district,’ she said. ‘She has resigned as of April 28.’

The mother of one of the children, aged just 11, broke down in tears when shown the secret footage by WSBTV.

She said: ‘I was heartbroken, I was very heartbroken… I really couldn’t believe the school would let this go on.’

She added the second classroom aide should face criminal charges.

‘I want them charged today, yes today’, she said.

She also thanked the ‘Good Samaritan’ teacher who made the footage and remained anonymous.

Allegations: The focus is on Harper-Archer Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia

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Allegations: The focus is on Harper-Archer Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Public Schools issued a statement when the footage was made public.

It said: ‘Atlanta Public Schools can confirm that Alger Coleman is no longer with the district.

‘The safety and security of our students remain a top priority for Atlanta Public Schools.

‘The district takes all complaints seriously and reporting behavior that is harmful to our students is everyone’s responsibility.’

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Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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