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Video shows teacher knocking over special needs student

In this screen capture taken from surveillance video, Georgia teacher Amelia Stripling appears to knock a special needs student to the floor at the Tift County Pre-K Center in Tifton, Georgia, on March 17, 2016.

Tift County Schools

TIFTON, Ga. -- A Georgia teacher has resigned after surveillance video appears to show her knocking a special needs student to the floor in a school hallway.

WALB-TV reports the incident happened at the Tift County Pre-K Center in Tifton on March 17.

The child's mother, Sarah Patterson, tells the station that the teacher thrust her knee into the little boy's back, causing him to fall forward near a classroom door.

 CBS46 News

Tift County school officials say the boy was not hurt. Schools spokeswoman Stacey Beckham said Amelia Stripling, a teacher for 22 years, resigned the next day. She says an eyewitness said it appeared she intentionally pushed the child.

There was no answer Friday at a Tifton phone number listed under Stripling's name.

Tifton is about 200 miles south of Atlanta.