PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A kindergarten teacher is facing charges for allegedly shoving a student back in April.

According to the criminal complaint, the incident happened on April 19 at Pittsburgh Faison K-5.

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The moment that caused the teacher to snap was a student throwing a piece of paper to the floor after arguing with another student about a chair.

Surveillance video shows Danielle Anderson, 44, of Turtle Creek, get in the face of one student. That student pushed Anderson away. At that point, Anderson allegedly shoved the student back and pulled the chair out from under them. This caused the student to fall on their back.

(Photo Courtesy: Allegheny County Jail)

(Photo Courtesy: Allegheny County Jail)

Anderson proceeded to hold the chair over the student, keeping them on the floor. Eventually, she lifted the chair enough for the student to move under a table. However, Anderson threw the chair and nearly hit another student.

The school was made aware of the incident on April 20, when the child’s mother met with the principal. The child’s mother said the student came home complaining of stomach pain and explained what had happened.

The child said they could not breathe while the chair was on top of them.

Today, Faison parents said that type of behavior isn’t acceptable.

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“Some of these kids, I’m not gonna lie, these days in this time, they can cause you to might want to, but you gotta stay in a professional place, you gotta know your place,” Tresha Coates said.

Yolanda Madison, who works at a daycare, said she believes there was likely a build-up brewing.

“It’s frustrating, especially when you don’t have parents who back you up and if the same teacher comes in with the same behavior, it gets hard and it gets a struggle,” Madison said.

Anderson has been placed on paid administrative leave during the ongoing investigation.

She is facing a list of charges including, aggravated assault, simple assault, unlawful restraint of a minor, and recklessly endangering another person.

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