Does dragging a child count as child abuse?

I was being accused for child abuse this morning. One of my student was having a tantrum yesterday and to protect the other students from getting hurt I tried to remove him from class. He refused to leave the class so I tried dragging him on the wrist and he started kicking, hitting, and biting me. The parent came up to me this morning accusing me of child abuse and showing me picture of buries on the child’s body.

Asked on August 15, 2014 under Criminal Law, New York

Answers:

Richard Southard / Law Office of Richard Southard

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It depends on the age if the child, the policies of the school for removing disruptive students. it is possible to be arrested for what you describe. 


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