Two preschool teachers arrested after video shows them stepping on child’s hand and poking toddler’s forehead

Two preschool teachers in Georgia were arrested on allegations of child cruelty after they were caught stepping on a child’s hand and poking a child’s forehead on live stream from the classroom, police say.

The teachers are identified as Zeina Alostwani and Soriana Briceno, who worked at Parker-Chase Preschool in Roswell, Fulton County, Georgia.

Video captured on the live stream showed children sitting in a circle as one of the teachers came from behind and appeared to step on a child’s hand. She continued to stand over him for several seconds.

After walking away from the child, the teacher is seen kneeing a second child in the back.

The other teacher, who appeared to be Alostwani, was seen sitting in the middle of the circle and poking a child’s forehead with her finger.

Teacher appears to step on a child’s hand as it continues to stand on it for several seconds

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Children are reported to be 2 years old and 3 years old, respectively.

The incident was flagged by the parents of one child, Gloria Barghi and Brant Duncan, who saw the incident on the live stream and rushed to check on their child. It was first reported by NBC News.

Barghi told Atlanta-based NBC affiliate WXIA that intuition prompted her to look around the classroom from an app on her phone.

“I downloaded the app. I caught it right when the head teacher was assaulting the first victim,” she said.

“I think as a mother, your job is to protect your child… and there’s a guilt… that I put him in that environment every day,” Barghi told the channel, bursting into tears.

“We trust your team to protect and watch over our kids, and they are evil,” said the father, Mr. Duncan, in the channel interview.

The teachers are identified as Soriana Briceno and Zeina Alostwani and worked at Parker-Chase Preschool in Roswell, Fulton County, Georgia.


Both teachers were arrested Monday and charged with child cruelty in the first degree, Roswell Police said in a statement.

Endeavor Schools, the company that oversees the preschool, announced in a statement to NBC that the teachers in the video had been fired.

“We were shocked and disappointed to learn that … teachers in the Parker-Chase Pre-Primary B classroom used inappropriate disciplinary action with children,” the statement said.

“The teachers in question were immediately taken out of the classroom and fired. We have reported this matter to our licensing agency and Child Protective Services and are fully cooperating with the authorities, who have informed us that criminal charges are being processed.”

“While we are extremely grateful that the children are doing well, we take this matter seriously and our investigation is ongoing. We expect our team to meet the highest standards of care, and any failure to do so will not be tolerated.”

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