A Georgia teacher is in trouble with the law after she dangled a second grader by his ankles and threw him headfirst into a trash can.
Mary Katherine Pursley (below), teaches special needs students at Mt. Bethel Elementary in Marietta.
When one of her students became angry and upset and did not want to return to the classroom, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
According to the Marietta Daily Journal, Pursley threatened the child – who has autism -, saying “if he had trashy behavior like Oscar (the Grouch), he’d go to the trash can.”
She then picked him up by his ankles, dangled him over a bin and then dropped him head first into the can.
The child started screaming and crying and was traumatized by the incident, according to police.
Three adults who worked at the school witnessed the abuse as well as the student’s special needs classmates.
After Pursley was reported to police for her unusual and cruel classroom discipline, she was arrested on felony child abuse charges.
She has since posted $5000 bond and is no longer in jail.
The school district also removed the special education elementary teacher from the classroom. The 21-year teaching veteran is now on paid administrative leave.
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