January 16 | Contra Costa Times

By Matthias Gafni

The Brentwood special education teacher convicted of throwing a 5-year-old special needs student onto a classroom floor and kicking him was transferred to another class and not fired because of "legal limitations" on teacher personnel decisions, the district superintendent said Wednesday.

In a case that has sparked outrage, Brentwood Union School District Superintendent Merrill Grant apologized for the actions of special education teacher Dina Holder, 52, of Brentwood, a 20-year teacher in the district.

"The actions that led to the lawsuit are both appalling and upsetting," Grant said. "I'm a parent in the district and I reacted the same way as the rest of the community ... We're deeply sorry for what this family and child have endured."

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