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.