Canton, OH — In case after horrifying case, TFTP has reported on all levels of atrocities carried out by those who are paid in your tax dollars to protect and serve. The daily reporting on these instances can sometimes lead to us passing over other stories because there are so many, we have to focus on the most egregious ones. A school security officer attacking and injuring a 6-year-old girl in kindergarten is most definitely one of those cases.
When most parents send their children off to school each day, they likely feel safe that a police officer or school resource officer is there to watch over their child. In most cases, this is true. However, in many other cases, these folks whose job descriptions entail keeping children safe, are often found to be some of the worst offenders out there. From raping students to beating them, school officers have tarnished the badge over and over again.
Yet another school security officer in Canton, Ohio was fired this week after he was found to have used excessive force on a little girl in kindergarten.
“I don’t want to ever see that happen again [to] anybody else’s daughter,” Quan Wilkins, Kaeyona Wilkins’ father said.
According to Keisha Wilkins, Kaeyona’s mother, she picked her daughter up from school this week and on the way home, her daughter began complaining of pain.
“She said, ‘My stomach still hurts.’ I said ‘What do you mean it still hurts?’ And she said, ‘The man hurt me,'” Keshia said. “’He threw me into the wall, mommy.'”
As FOX 8 reports, immediately, Quan left work and the couple took their daughter to Aultman Hospital, where doctors confirmed the little girl’s injuries were consistent with her story.
“Her arms were red. She had bruising on her arms and her abdomen was sore,” Keshia said. “He grabbed her like a sack of potatoes.”
Shawn T. Poole, 45, of Canton has been fired for malfeasance in office as a result of his brutal actions.
The Canton Repository obtained Poole’s termination letter through a public records request which stated the district’s investigation found Poole used excessive force on Jan. 21 when he tried to stop a kindergartner at McGregor Elementary from running out of the cafeteria.
According to the report:
Three of the witnesses described Poole’s actions as excessive force. Some of the witnesses also reported that the student had complained that Poole had hurt her and that she was scared and shaking.
Investigators also viewed the school’s surveillance video but the footage only showed a brief moment of the incident, the termination letter said.
According to the letter, Poole admitted to picking up the girl and carrying her but said the witness accounts were incorrect on the rest of the alleged excessive force.
Nevertheless, according to FOX 8, half a dozen employees witnessed the incident and are documented saying that the guard was “yelling and rough-handling” Kaeyona. They reported seeing the 6-year-old “scared and shaking” with red marks on her body afterward.
“The nurse even had to evaluate her,” Keshia said.
Now, the girl’s parents have filed a police report and are asking for Poole to be charged.
“I feel charges need to be pressed,” Quan said. “This is my daughter at the end of the day who is going to speak for her?”
Indeed. A lawsuit needs to be filed as well as Poole had no business being around small children. According to the CR:
State records show that Poole has been previously disciplined. He entered into a consent agreement with the Ohio Department of Education in November 2018 after failing to disclose two misdemeanor disorderly conduct convictions when he applied for an educational aide permit. He was convicted in 2011 in Massillon Municipal Court and in 2018 in Canton Municipal Court.
As part of the consent agreement, the state suspended his educational aide permit for 30 days and ordered him to complete 16 hours of community service and an anger management class.
Before being hired by Canton City Schools, Poole had worked on the security and safety team for Akron Public Schools.
No one here is claiming that people with criminal records should not be hired. That is not the case at all. However, they definitely should not be put in positions of authority and security over small children which they can subsequently harm. But that is exactly what happened, twice. Despite his criminal record, not one, but two different school districts hired this man to perform a security job at a school and be responsible for children.