Pittsburgh Kindergarten Teacher Arrested After Allegedly Pinning Student to Floor With Chair

Danielle Anderson
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Danielle Anderson
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A Pittsburgh kindergarten teacher is facing charges after allegedly pushing a student and then pulling a chair out from under the child and putting the chair on top of the student to keep her on the ground. The girl's offense: reportedly throwing a piece of paper to the floor after arguing with another student about a chair.

According to the criminal complaint viewed by CBS Pittsburgh, the incident happened at Pittsburgh Faison K-5 school April 19. Video inside the classroom reportedly shows Danielle Anderson, 44, getting into the face of the student, who pushes the teacher. Anderson allegedly pushes the girl back and then pulls a chair out, causing the student to fall on her back. Anderson then allegedly pins the student to the ground with the chair before eventually letting the child up. The student then crawls under a table and Anderson reportedly throws the chair, barely missing another student, CBS reports.

The student came home that evening complaining of stomach pain. The child's mother went to the school April 20 to report the incident.


Anderson is facing a host of charges, including aggravated assault, simple assault, unlawful restraint of a minor and recklessly endangering another person. She has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, CBS reports.

Read more at CBS Pittsburgh.

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