Horizons Academy teacher charged with attacking student at Bradenton school

April 25, 2013 

Colby Cadwell, child abuse, no bond.

MANATEE -- A teacher at Horizons Academy School in Bradenton has been arrested and charged with throwing a 13-year-old student to the ground and then physically throwing him out of a classroom, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.

The incident happened Tuesday, and the teacher, Colby Cadwell, 31, was arrested Thursday, according to a news release. He was charged with child abuse and was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

"The investigation revealed that the victim flinched at another student like he might hit the student," the release states. "At that time, Cadwell grabbed the victim/student, threw him to the floor, then picked him up and physically threw him out of the classroom."

The sheriff's office said the school's principal reported the incident to the school's resource deputy. Subsequent investigation by a detective led to charges being filed, the sheriff's office said.

School district officials say Cadwell has been placed on paid administrative leave.

"The school district's highest priority is the safety and security of our students," Superintendent Rick Mills said in a statement. "We are also committed to treating our school district employees fairly to ensure they are afforded all due process rights when accused of any offense."

Mills said the district will not start any investigation of Cadwell "until law enforcement's investigation is concluded."

Horizons Academy School, 1910 27th St. E., is the Manatee school district's alternative school. According to the school's website, its mission is to "help students identify and learn how to cope and overcome their academic and behavioral challenges in order to become functional members of the School District of Manatee County population and our community."

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