A preschool administrator from South Jersey is facing charges after allegedly brandishing a knife to discipline two 4-year-old students.
Adetokunbo O. Akinnaso, 64, of Sicklerville, Camden County, is charged with two counts of cruelty or neglect of children, a fourth-degree offense, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.
Akinnaso was arrested this week after she was caught brandishing a knife and threatening to harm two toddler students who were taken to her office for disciplinary reasons. Akinnaso threatened to hurt them if they kept on misbehaving.
Neither child was injured in the incident but Akinnaso surrendered to authorities on Tuesday. The school administrator was charged with two counts of cruelty or neglect of children, a fourth-degree offense, according to prosecutors. She could face up to 18 months in state prison.
Akinnaso was immediately removed and will not be returning to the school, Plainfield Interim Superintendent of Schools Ronald Bolandi told MyCentralJersey.com.
“This requirement was necessary in order for the owner [of the pre-school] to continue her contract with the district,” Bolandi said.
“We will be in communication with the family to provide support to the children involved and will continue to communicate with our families at the center throughout this process. Our main focus will be to provide the best services to our students.”