Brian Vollhardt: What we know about the Frenso principal who shoved an 11-year-old special needs student to the ground

Brian Vollhardt
Brian Vollhardt

Principal Brian Vollhardt, a former Fresno elementary school principal faces charges of cruelty to a minor after he was captured on video shoving a student to the ground, officials said.

The video from inside Wolters Elementary School depicts the moment Brian Vollhardt, who resigned amid a police investigation over the summer, violently shoved the boy with autism on June 7.

The video shows the boy pointing at Vollhardt and speaking with him in the school cafeteria along with two other staff members.

As the boy appears to be leaving with the staff, he returns and points at Vollhardt one more time before the principal suddenly pushes the boy in the chest, sending the 11-year-old flying to the ground.

One of the staff members rushes to the boy’s aid, and Vollhardt can be seen pointing back toward the child and yelling at him.

Vollhardt, who has a specialized certification for handling students with autism, was hired as a vice principal at the Tranquility High School shortly after he left Fresno.

Vollhardt was placed on administrative leave while the school district launched an investigation.

The district also reported the incident to police and Child Protective Services.

Vollhardt resigned shortly after and is no longer an employee within the school district.

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