According to an article in Black Enterprise written by Wendy Medina, a California Principal was charged for shoving a student. Following the incident, which took place on June 7, Vollhardt left the elementary school during the investigation to escape retaliation and had since been serving as vice principal at Tranquillity High School in a neighboring school district, according to EdSource. Tranquillity staff says they were not aware of the incident.
It wasn’t until the video was released on Thursday that the collective shock from the community spurred public pressure for Vollhardt to be arrested and charged. He is due at court later in the month.
As depicted in the video, the assault occurred in the school’s cafeteria, where the 11-year-old autistic student is seen talking to Vollhardt and two other adult staff. Described as “an upset student” by district Superintendent Bob Nelson, the child points at the ex-principal before the man aggressively shoves him to the ground at full force. One school employee is seen helping the student as Vollhardt continues to yell and point at him.