I had heard about this earlier in the day and was waiting for more info but here's what the Times has learned.
A 10-old Hawthorne student was choked by an IA when he said, "I hate this teacher." The student also says the IA threatened him with another choking if the student said anything.
The child told his mother when he got home and she called police. The police saw scratching and bruising around the child's neck. There was no arrest reported in the story and the IA is on leave.
It is unclear if the teacher was around at all. The IA worked for the district for 19 years.
Baffling if entirely true. Obviously it is unclear if anyone else witnessed this incident. It would seem odd for the IA to react in this way because kids say things like that all the time.
But no adult has the right to lay hands on a child unless it is self-defense or defense of someone else or to move the child away from other students.