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Video shows school worker lifting student off ground by neck

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Cameras inside the Rankin Promise alternative school captured video of Joseph Golden III, 50, lifting the 13-year-old boy off the ground on April 12. (Source: WTAE via CNN) Cameras inside the Rankin Promise alternative school captured video of Joseph Golden III, 50, lifting the 13-year-old boy off the ground on April 12. (Source: WTAE via CNN)
Cameras inside the Rankin Promise alternative school captured video of Joseph Golden III, 50, lifting the 13-year-old boy off the ground on April 12. (Source: WTAE via CNN) Cameras inside the Rankin Promise alternative school captured video of Joseph Golden III, 50, lifting the 13-year-old boy off the ground on April 12. (Source: WTAE via CNN)

RANKIN, Penn. (WTAE/CNN) – A school employee in Pennsylvania is facing charges after police said he picked up a student by the neck and carried him down the hall.

Cameras inside the Rankin Promise alternative school captured video of Joseph Golden III, 50, lifting the 13-year-old boy off the ground on April 12. Golden is a behavioral specialist at the school.

After a court hearing on Thursday, Golden’s lawyer said his client was only doing his job.

“The kid didn't go to the hospital. He didn't go to the doctors. He told the principal he wasn't hurt. This isn't a simple assault," the attorney, Patrick Thomassey said. "We have to have some discipline in school. It's why we have these officers, that's their job, to maintain order.”

Thomassey said the boy repeatedly walked out of class in the hours leading up to the altercation and Golden escorted him back to class each time.

Even though the boy was not hurt, the Woodland Hills School District said they plan to fire Golden based on the video footage.

"It was a terrible incident. We’re very upset about it," said Superintendent Alan Johnson. "We have begun the process to terminate the employee. He was removed immediately from the school."

Golden remains free while he faces charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

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