Worthington Learning Center employees charged with endangering children

Joshua Tennant and Emma Dietrich (Franklin County Jail)
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Two employees at Worthington Learning Center have been charged with endangering children after a video surfaced of a child being bullied in front of them.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, detectives viewed a video from August 13 of 31-year-old Emma Dietrich and 27-year-old Joshua Tennant sitting at a table in a classroom.

The video shows a 5-year-old female student being brought into the classroom by one of Dietrich’s older students.

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In the video, the older students are grabbing, pulling, dragging, swinging and “bullying” the 5-year-old girl.

Police said the student appeared frightened and keeps her eyes closed and covered and attempted to curl up into a fetal position.

At one point, the girl attempts to get away from the other students and they continue to grab and hold her down.

During the video, both teachers continually sit in their chairs and watch and do not attempt to stop any of it, according to police.

At one point, Tennant picks up the girl by her right ankle and carries her upside down and places her back on the rug.

Dietrich and Tennant were arrested on Tuesday.

Police said the Worthington Learning Center has been cooperative through the scope of this investigation.

10TV talked with Worthington Learning Center owner Lisa Rowe. Rowe said she was “heartbroken” over the incident. She said she immediately fired the two workers when she saw the video. She said she first learned of it through children services. Rowe said her employees go through extensive training and there is “zero tolerance” for this behavior.

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