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Video Shows APS Aide Beating Special Education Student

Harper-Archer teacher secretly videotapes beatings after she says school officials didn’t believe her when she said the aides were abusing the children.

Alger Coleman faces child cruelty and simple battery charges. Courtesy Fulton County jail
Alger Coleman faces child cruelty and simple battery charges. Courtesy Fulton County jail

A paraprofessional at a northwest Atlanta middle school is facing child cruelty and simple battery charges after he was secretly videotaped beating a special education student in class.

WSB TV reports that Alger Coleman was depicted in the video choking, hitting and beating the boy while another teacher’s aide eggs him on at Harper-Archer Middle School.

Coleman is no longer with Atlanta Public Schools, but the second paraprofessional, who is shown in a separate video abusing an 11-year-old autistic student, has not been charged and has been reassigned by APS pending a disciplinary conference.

The video was made in February by a Harper-Archer special education teacher after school administrators didn’t believe her when she said the aides were mistreating the children.

The parents of the students are considering filing a lawsuit. See more from WSB here.

Denise Galoski Turenne April 24, 2014 at 05:45 AM
wow...thats some serious bullshit....to the man in this video...what a sick son of a bitch...abusing special needs children???really???that make you feel like a man>>>your a looser a no body...scum...and to the bitch swinging him around and throwing him down ...she only got reassigned???oh..id find out exactly where her ass was and do some throwing around myself....these 2 people should never ever have anything to do with the care of others...be it children or the elderly and definitely jail time...no excuses
thomas April 24, 2014 at 08:15 AM
hang them in town square
Octo Slash April 24, 2014 at 08:30 AM
The maximum punishment the law allows is what needs to be executed in this case. Let's just see if the district attorney has enough integrity to do their job for a change instead of making a deal with this lump of shit.
Robert Homer April 24, 2014 at 01:06 PM
I hope like hell both teacher aids End up getting jail time . What they did to those poor kids makes my blood boil and I would like to give them the same treatment , but 10 times more.
Terry Tousignant April 25, 2014 at 01:08 PM
lazy ass school administrator who didn't believe her basically forced the teacher to film continued beatings. Damn, how many more beatings did these poor souls suffer to prove to the brainless bitch/ass it was happening. She/he should be fired and never allowed to work within any capacity involving children. Most of these "people" get complacent in their high paying jobs with the protection fromcitiies, etc. In the meantime, these poor children suffer even more than what they have been..absolutely disgusting! Prison time

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