Thursday, June 11, 2015


WABC By Anthony Johnson
Thursday, June 11, 2015 04:48PM
HOBOKEN, N.J. (WABC) -- The video of a child being roughed up by a staff member at the Apple Montessori School in Hoboken has stunned many who saw this incident.

They can't believe an apparently frustrated worker shoved a 2-year-old down after having trouble putting on the child's hat.

"I was really shocked to see it and being an educator for over 43 years, I'm like, I'm appalled at the way they treated that child," said Larry Sciancalepore, a Hoboken resident.

The incident apparently happened almost one month ago.

But school officials say they just saw the shocking video Wednesday.

Hoboken Councilman Michael Russo says his child goes to the school and he wanted some answers.

"I just spoke to the ownership of the school, and they are doing everything possible to make sure that situation doesn't happen again. They've instituted some swift and immediate actions in the school," Councilman Russo said.

The school issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying, "The director and assistant director of the location, who had possession of the video on June 4, 2015, have been terminated for their mishandling of this incredibly serious situation. A teacher and a second teacher's aide that were present for the incident have also been terminated."

"If I was the parent of that child, I'd really be, I'd really be mad, angry," said Joseph Vetter, a Hoboken resident.