Grand jury fails to indict aide caught on video in incident with toddler at Hoboken school

HOBOKEN – A Hoboken Montessori School aide will not be indicted in the alleged mistreatment of a 23-month-old girl last June, according to published reports.
This summer, a cell phone video surfaced portraying at least one aide at the school appearing to be aggressive as she placed a hat on a toddler at the school.
In just two days, the video was shared over 4,000 times and racked up over 785,000 views. Today the video has 940,000 views.
In a press release issued June 11, Apple Montessori School confirmed that the viral video involved a teacher’s aide at their Hoboken location and stated that the individual had been terminated immediately after Apple ownership viewed the video.
A teacher and a second aide who were present for the incident and apparently did not intervene were also terminated, as were the director and assistant director of that location.
The release said the director and assistant director of Apple Montessori’s uptown location had been in possession of the video in question since June 4 but did not move to terminate the aide. Both officials were fired “for their mishandling of this incredibly serious situation,” according to a release.
On August 6, a pair of parents whose children appeared in the video filed a lawsuit against the school after the incident.
Last week, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office was quoted in media outlets as saying a grand jury was convened regarding the incident but failed to find that an aide had committed an indictable offense. – Steven Rodas

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