Cesar Suarez tells our partner Action news his adopted son who has Downs Syndrome was dragged 30 feet across the floor by the principal at the New Leaf School.
"I went to touch him and he wanted to run from me. When I went to pick up his shirt I said oh my God what happened?"
Suarez says he was infuriated after learning the principal, Ronda Steinke-McDonald, removed his child from the classroom after police say he became defiant. Neptune Beach police tell WOKV news the principal was trying to remove the child because he stretched out across the floor in class and wouldn't move.
Suarez says it took everything inside for him to keep calm with the principal.
"Something just came over me, something cold. I just asked God, please don't let me do something crazy."
Suarez says McDonald apologized for what happened and that's when he decided he needed to take his son home.
"I told her step to the side and I need to take my boy home."
Suarez tells our partner Action news his son now attends another school. But he says the memory of what happened is still fresh in his son's mind.
Suarez said, "Right now, sometimes we take that way to the old school and he says 'No papa don't take me.' You know, he thinks he's going to the old school so imagine what he's going through."
Neptune Beach police tells WOKV McDonald had no intentions of hurting the child. She's now charged with child abuse.
We reached out to school administrators for a comment but have not heard anything back.