SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Gould Elementary School teacher was suspended without pay for two months Wednesday after being accused of kicking and slapping a first-grade student.
A Fair Dismissal hearing was held Wednesday to hear evidence in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School district's recommendation to terminate Seth Kolodny, who has taught at Gould for eight years.
The school board voted to suspend Kolodny instead of firing him.
Jessica Creech claims Kolodny left a grapefruit-sized bruise on her 6-year-old son. She says she came to the school to bring her son his glasses and found him crying in a corner, saying he couldn't breathe.
"He didn't want to admit that he did something," she said. "Something was done by him, and he doesn't want to admit what happened to my son."
Creech's son told a WTOC reporter Wednesday night that the altercation began when he grabbed a paper from his teacher's hand and kicked his teacher.
Kolodny could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.