HENNESSEY, Okla. - A teacher accused of aggressively choking two children at school will be returning to the classroom following an investigation.
"As a parent, I can't legally put my hands on my kids. So, as a teacher, they should be held to higher standards," said Erika Bailey.
Fighting back tears, Bailey said her 5-year-old son, Bentley, was having trouble sitting still when he was approached by the teacher.
In a written statement included in a police report, Bailey said the principal stated the teacher "grabbed the boys very tightly and aggressively by the collar, choking them while raising their butts off the ground."
"They immediately thought they were in trouble. Bentley didn't want to tell me. When I brought it up to him, he said 'I don't want to talk about it,'" Bailey said. "I felt horrible as a mom. There had been a couple instances where he had told me his teacher was mean to him and he didn't want to go to school. So, at this time, I felt like what else has happened?"
Bailey said the principal witnessed the incident but didn't intervene.
The teacher was placed on administrative leave for a week, but Bailey learned the teacher will be returning this school year.
According to the police report, the principal told police he confronted the teacher. He said the teacher's actions were definitely inappropriate but said he wouldn't consider it abuse.
"I would have went to jail if I would have grabbed my kid like that," Bailey said.
The superintendent said the incident was investigated by the district and they didn't feel the need to pursue the issue any further.
The case has been turned over to DHS.