RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) - A Rio Rancho Middle School teacher was suspended on Thursday, accused of roughing up a student in class, in front of other kids.
Rio Rancho Police would only say that the teacher allegedly acted out in anger at the student.
The school district's not saying much more than that.
News 13 spoke with a parent whose son was in the 6th grade science class when the alleged incident happened.
"He was saying he put his hands near his neck, but then he grabbed him by the collar to make him sit down," said the parent, who wanted to stay anonymous. "I believe the student was acting out in class. He said it kind of frightened him and he had never seen a teacher do that before."
The Rio Rancho school district wouldn't identify the teacher, but they did say he's a new employee. He's been teaching with the district since October.
"If this came down in the way its been described, this is an extremely serious incident and it's totally unacceptable," said Kim Vesely, spokesperson for the Rio Rancho School District. "We take it very seriously and investigate this incidents promptly and take action where warranted. "
The district says the teacher could lose his job if the allegations are true.
The science teacher is on paid suspension as the police and the school district investigate the incident.
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