Timothy Randall Korr has been charged with child abuse, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment of a minor. The 25-year-old was accused of throwing his student, Trayvon Grayson against the wall.
Trayvon suffered cuts, bruises, a broken jaw, and had two teeth knocked out in the assault.
Trayvon’s parents, Lateekqua Jackson and Travon Grayson Sr. say their son will need surgery to treat his injuries.
Korr is based at City Springs Elementary School in Baltimore. Korr told law enforcement that he had been physically removing 7-year-old Trayvon Grayson from class for being disruptive when he tripped on some stairs and the little boy went flying into the wall.
Jackson responded to the claim that her son hit himself on the wall.
“He can’t throw himself into the wall and fracture his jaw and lose his teeth. He’s only 7-years-old. He’s so small he’s not going to do the damage to himself,” she said.
“He goes to school, and you think he was safe. It’s just really pretty bad,” Grayson Sr. said.
When Jackson got to the school her son was in an ambulance, crying, with blood pouring from his mouth.
“I looked in the ambulance, and there’s my son, his face big, mouth bloody. I turned to the man. This isn’t regular restraint,” she said.
According to Jackson, her son is suffering physically and mentally after the incident.
“My son had dreams about it all last night. He’s still shaking in his sleep, saying that he keeps having visions of Korr throwing him into a wall,” she told WBAL TV.
The school’s surveillance footage was reviewed by the police on Monday. Baltimore police spokesman Chief T.J. Smith said that the surveillance footage showed Korr slamming Trayvon into the wall. Trayvon then went limp.
“The video does show him carrying the child and slamming him up against the wall, and it’s very difficult to watch. We cringed a number of times as we watched the video,” Smith said.
“It’s never appropriate to inflict this type of harm on a child. That video basically made our investigation pick up that much more. It showed an assault, and it showed this 7-year-old boy in school being slammed about by this 25-year-old man, and I’m being nice by calling him a 25-year-old man,” Smith added.
Jackson stated that her son couldn’t fracture his jaw and make his teeth fall out.
“A 7-year-old cannot do that to himself,” she said.
Baltimore City Schools said that Korr worked for a charter operator, Baltimore Curriculum Project.
Larry Schugam, who is the Baltimore Curriculum Project executive vice president confirmed that Korr is fired because of the incident.
“We are heartsick that this child suffered this injury. We pray for his complete and quick recovery and for his family as well. Until the investigation is complete, we are not able to make any further statements,” Schugam said.
If convicted, Korr faces up to 85 years in jail.