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Special-Ed Teacher Resigns Over Comment On Photo Of Man Kneeling On Toddler’s Neck

DeKalb County, GA – A high school special education teacher has resigned from his position after he allegedly encouraged a parolee shown kneeling on a two-year-old boy’s neck to “get it right.”

Cedar Grove High School special education teacher Brian Papin allegedly made the comment in response to a Facebook photo that showed a shirtless man kneeling on the back of a toddler’s neck, The Champion reported.

The child, who was lying on his stomach with someone holding his hands behind his back, appeared to be crying, WHIO reported.

The toddler was wearing nothing but a diaper.

“Blm now, mf,” the photo caption read, according to The Washington Times.

In his comment, Papin told the suspect he was doing it wrong.

“Again! Your doing it wrong!” he wrote. “One knee on center of the back one on the neck and lean into it until death! You saw the video! Get it right or stop f–king around!”

Papin’s comment was met with swift backlash, as was the photo itself.

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) announced on Thursday that it was aware of “the disturbing social media post associated with a district teacher,” The Champion reported.

The DCSD conformed it was “investigating the situation,” and that Papin would remain employed in the meantime.

“DCSD is committed to the safety and well-being of our children, and there is no place for racism in our school district,” the district told The Champion.

But on Friday morning, the DCSD announced that Papin was no longer employed by the district.

“The teacher has resigned and is no longer employed with DCSD,” the DCSD said in a Facebook post. “Again, there is no place for racism and abuse in our school district.”

It is unknown if Papin has any connection to the child in the photo.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) launched an investigation into the image on July 21, WHIO reported.

“Two divisions of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office immediately began an investigation to determine the location of the incident and the identities of the individuals involved,” the CCSO said in a statement, according to WKEF.

Investigators were able to make contact with the boy and his mother, who was unaware of the photo prior to meeting with police.

The boy was transported to the hospital for an evaluation, and was not found to have been injured as a result of the situation that was depicted in the photo, WKEF reported.

Police also made contact with the suspect, 20-year-old parolee Isaiah Jackson, and arrested him on an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Parole Authority holder.

The nature of Jackson’s relationship with the victim and the victim’s mother has not been released.

CCSO Lieutenant Kristopher Shultz said that investigators have submitted their findings to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, which will determine the “scope and breadth of the felony changes” that Jackson might face in connection with the incident, according to WHIO.

The CCSO said in a Facebook post on Thursday that investigators “are continuing to compile evidence related to several other persons who were directly involved” in the incident.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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