Texas mom releases video of assistant principal throwing her disabled son against wall, now county is reportedly offering her $10,000 to delete mail

The mother of a child who was thrown against a wall by the school’s deputy principal posted video hoping to prove her son was being bullied by the officer. The mother originally said she was told her child had fallen and hit her head, but weeks later she discovered the real story. After she recently posted the video, the district offered her thousands of dollars to have it removed, she says.

Texas admin appears to throw a teenager against a wall (video screenshot)

Tatiana Alfano said she decided to share video of her son Quintin Proctor, 14, being attacked by a Round Rock ISD GOALS Learning Center worker after securing a lawyer to represent her child’s interests , and dissatisfied with the school’s response regarding the was a dispute, according to KXAN.

The incident happened on Friday, April 29, and at the time, she says, she was told a completely different story than the video tells.

GOALS administrators, who specialize in working with students with special needs and those disabled by emotional disorders, called and emailed the mother to let her know something had happened to her son.

The email said her son “yelled at the teacher and used profanity at the teacher” and “staff took him back to the rest room.” He fell and hit his head.”

Alfano told FOX 7, “I was going to do this with the consequences here at home, but Quintin was pretty adamant, like, ‘No, you don’t understand. He threw me against a wall, Mom.’”

Proctor himself said he was removed from his classroom that day.

He also confirmed that he was defiant towards two female teachers. The teachers took him to the “cool down room” and hoped he would calm down.

According to Stages Learning, a cool-down area “is designed to serve all students in the classroom. It takes different forms depending on the classroom, school and teacher, but is usually a comfortable, somewhat private seating area in a corner of the classroom.”

The space is used to empower students to participate in their own “behaviour management and social-emotional development” and gives them tools to balance their feelings at school and process how disruptive behavior is unacceptable in the classroom.

The teenager attends school because he was classified as mentally disturbed.

According to the state of Texas, a child with this classification demonstrates, among other things, “an inability to establish or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers, and inappropriate behaviors or feelings.” These children were also evaluated and recommended: “for behavioral support and interventions.”

Despite his classification, Proctor was able to detail what happened that day.

“When I got there, I was pretty calm. I just had my leg against the wall and these teachers I was okay with and then after they put me in there Mr. Thomas walked in,” he said. Proctor said Jacob Thomas, his school’s assistant principal, took over the two teachers and excused them from the cool room. Proctor says he believed he was excused too.

However, when he got up to follow the other students outside, Thomas threw him back into the room.

“When I hit the wall, I didn’t really know what to think,” the boy said. “Like my mind was just blank.”

The mother listened to both stories and asked to see video of the incident. It was two weeks before the school shared the footage with the mother.

Alfano said: “[the video] confirmed everything he said.”

Video surveillance of the hallway shows Proctor attempting to push past two teachers to get back into the classroom. Both teachers grab his arms and accompany him to the relaxation room.

Another video shows the boy leaning against the cold room wall with his arms crossed. The two teachers stand by the door until Thomas comes over. Then go.

The student seems to think this is a signal for him to leave as well, but Thomas grabs him back and throws him back into the room, and the boy bangs his head against the classroom wall.

The school report on the incident states that Proctor spat at Thomas after hitting his head. However, the video shows the kid gesturing his fist as if to hit the administrators, but never lands a hit.

The boy is then restrained for four minutes by two school officials, including Thomas. While being held, he yells, “I hate it here.”

The mother contacted the school district and they said they did an investigation but did not fire the staffer.

A spokesman said: “The investigation of the district has been completed. The employee is still employed but not assigned to the GOALS Learning Center. He is currently working on administrative projects in the district administration.”

Dissatisfied with the district’s actions, she notified the Department of Family and Protection Services to complete her own investigation. To Alfano’s dismay, the agency returned with a similar statement, in which it “ruled out” claiming “it was reasonable to conclude that the alleged abuse and neglect did not occur.”

“Common sense says, ‘Hey, that’s abuse.’ I don’t know anyone who has seen this video and doesn’t say, ‘Hey, this isn’t child abuse,'” Alfano laments.

Now she and her son want to take his story to the masses, and sharing other families with similar experiences have stepped forward to help. Alfano said

“What happened to Quintin isn’t all that unique or special or rare. It’s just that we happen to have footage of it because these things generally happen behind closed doors, so it’s grown now, it’s bigger. We have to please all children. That should not happen.”

After posting the video on social media, she said the school district reached out to her attorney and offered him $10,000 to have it removed, with the proviso that she sign a nondisclosure agreement in addition to deleting the video. Alfano says she turned down their offer.

The Texas Education Agency is now investigating Thomas and is releasing a statement on the status of the case.

“TEA can confirm that the educator in question currently has an investigative flag on their certificate,” a spokesman said. “As the matter is ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this time.”

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