Client who was fired because he had dragged a nine-year-old boy across the schoolyard, STOPS his job after the parents demanded that he be admitted again
- The director offered a formal apology to the boy's family and said he was ashamed & # 39;
- More than 15,000 people signed a petition to restore Steve Warner's job
- He was suspended for two months after the harrowing images appeared in January.
- The images show that he is dragging a 9-year-old boy by the arm across the school
- He will return to work at the end of April, after the police have cleared him of an abuse
A school principal who was filmed by dragging a nine-year-old student with his arm across the playground will not be fired.
Steve Warner, of the Manor Lakes P-12 College in Victoria, was suspended for two months after footage of him dragging the boy – who has ADHD – turned up in January.
Mr. Warner will resume work later this month after the Victorian Department of Education and the Victoria Police have closed their investigation, the ABC reported.
The disturbing video shows how Warner drags the young boy with his arm along the concrete playground after allegedly kicking a teacher – which the boy's family denies.
In March, the Victoria police acquitted him of possible offenses after their investigation and reassigned the incident to the Ministry of Education and Training.
On Thursday, the Education Department ended their investigation and said Warner is the best person to lead the school.
A statement from the Independent Office for School Dispute Resolution says that appropriate action has been taken and that Warner has been officially reprimanded and offered a formal apology to the affected family.
& # 39; The investigation revealed that the incident was not handled correctly and that the behavior did not correspond to the behavior expected from a client. These actions were unacceptable & # 39 ;, the statement said.
Warner said he was ashamed of his actions in his letter of apology sent to parents and guardians of the school, southwest of Melbourne.
& # 39; I understand how frightening the images were and I know I have to do work to restore your confidence and restore your confidence in me as a client, & # 39; is the letter.
Steve Warner (photo), the director of Manor Lakes P-12 College in Victoria, was suspended for two months after footage of him dragging the boy – who is suffering from ADHD – showed up in January.
Despite the disturbing video that caused indignation online and with some parents, a petition to have him restored as a principal received more than 15,000 signatures since January.
Parents of students at the school welcome Warner's return and say they are satisfied with the outcome of the study.
& # 39; He is such a fantastic client. He has made so much difference for so many children, parents, and communities – we just needed him back, & # 39; School Council President Janette England told ABC.
But while Warner returns, the nine-year-old boy from the video has since moved to another school.
Mr. Warner will resume work later this month after the Victorian Department of Education and the Victoria Police have closed their investigation
& # 39; He suffers from ADHD and anxiety and apparently a new school is beginning to upset him;
& # 39; I believe he was asked to share something with the class, because it was their first day that he didn't want to and was upset. & # 39;
& # 39; The director was called to remove him, which is fair, I agree. But the fact that he was dragged through his arm and now bruising shows how rough the principal was, & Moore said.
Mr. Warner, who has been running the school since 2016, will return at the end of April.