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Family still angry after dragging incident at private school

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Updated: 10/16/2013 9:35 pm
NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- Cesar Suarez came to pick up his son from New Leaf School for Change on Sept. 12th, and immediately noticed something was wrong.

"I went to touch him and he wanted to run from me," he said. "I picked up his shirt and I saw his arm and I say 'Jesus Christ what happened.' She said 'I'm deeply sorry I did it.'"

Suarez said his adopted 11-year-old son, also named Cesar, had abrasions on his abdomen and scrapes or burns to his inner right elbow. Police said Principal Ronda McDonald admitted to dragging the child 30 feet across the floor, across carpet, concrete and through two door thresholds, all because he wouldn't get up from the floor when told to do so. 

"Something cold just came over me and I asked God, 'Don't let me do something crazy,'" Suarez said while describing his initial reaction to the incident. "So I told her just step aside and I need to take my boy home."

McDonald turned herself in Tuesday and faces a felony charge of child abuse. Suarez said despite the arrest, the family is still angry about what happened. 

"Sometimes we take that way to the other school, he says, 'No papa, no, don't take me,'" he said. "He thinks we're going to the other school. So imagine what he's going through and what we're going through."

McDonald told police she did not mean to hurt the child, and would have stopped if she had hurt him crying. The boy is now attending a different school.
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nativejax - 10/17/2013 7:11 PM
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I didn't make any excuse for this teacher, she had no business laying her hands on this child. I just stated the facts, kids acting like crazy animals on the floor CLEARLY need need MORE than a NORMAL school and teacher can handle. If he was a special needs, was THIS A SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL? What there is no EXCUSE for Witkokaga, is MAKING EXCUSES for parents who ARE NOT TEACHING THEIR KID HOW TO ACT APPROPRIATELY AT SCHOOL. If he was a special needs, he should be in a special needs school.

Witkokaga - 10/17/2013 2:35 PM
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I'm sorry other commenters but you disgust me. First there is never an excuse for doing that to a child. Second, you guys should go check out the schools we page and their focus. They completely missed the mark in this situation. Finally, just a glance looks to me that the child may be special needs, which means that no, he wouldn't function like most children and teachers and administrators trained to handle that. Yes I get they have bad days too, but that was horrible.

nativejax - 10/17/2013 10:19 AM
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I guess it's a lot easier to ruin a teachers career/life of trying to TEACH PEOPLES BRATS, than it is easier to make PARENTS teach their kids how to sit down, shut up, and listen to the teacher.

nativejax - 10/17/2013 10:16 AM
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Doubt it RiverRat. If I was a teacher in any school system TODAY and these 'mentally incapacitated' kids that are forced into my class room yearly start acting like this and/or worse, I WOULD NEED MORE HELP than what the school system supplies me. So I would have called the police. If that kid wanted to ACT like that, then he is old enough to be treated like a 'nut case' he's acting like. To plop down on the floor and refuse to get up, IS NOT NORMAL. The pic of this kid showed, shows he was not some little toddler or infant, but sorry dad and the media, again, is trying to portray him as one.

RiverRat - 10/17/2013 8:17 AM
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Maybe next time he will get up when told.
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