ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Two Albuquerque teachers are under investigation – accused of stroking a girl’s arm and trying to get under her skin by using the word “God” in ways she didn’t like.
The bizarre story started in a classroom at La Promesa Charter school in on the west side near Unser and Ladera.
A viewer says a male teacher started hugging her 12-year-old daughter and rubbing her arm before she had to ask him to stop.
Later, when she asked him a question about homework – she claims he sarcastically said "Oh my God" – so she asked him to stop taking the Lord’s name in vain.
She says she left and he pinned her up against a wall in the hallway – and kept blurting out the phrase to irritate her.
When she went to retrieve her books from the classroom, he and his wife – also a teacher at the school – allegedly cornered her and held her to keep her from leaving the room.
The school confirms they briefly suspended the couple – but now, they’re back in the classroom. Neither the husband nor the wife responded to emails requesting an interview.
The parent says the school tried to explain the incident by saying the couple is from Spain – where a different culture governs classroom norms.
La Promesa Executive Director Analee Maestas confirmed they're investigating, but wouldn't say much more that that – calling it a personnel matter.
She did say touching students is against school policy.
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