The parent of an Atrisco Elementary School student is claiming her son was assaulted, and she says that assault was by a substitute teacher. The sheriff’s department is now investigating the incident.
The mother of the child posted about it on social media. It has stirred quite a controversy, with some even saying the child was out of line.
“What the substitute did was wrong,” said Nayeli Rodriguez of Albuquerque.
It’s a case sparking controversy at Atrisco Elementary School.
“It could’ve been either or at fault,” said Nathaniel Sandoval, another Albuquerque resident. “But I don’t think the teacher should’ve put his hands on the child.”
Dennette Miera, who has a son in fifth grade at the school, posted to Facebook claiming a substitute teacher put his hands on the child in class Tuesday.
“The teacher lost it and went after my son,” Miera said. “Started shoving him violently and caused my son to hit his head.”
The 10-year-old boy is in special education classes, and Miera says the altercation started after her son spoke out in class.
“My son for some reason told the teacher, ‘Where is your hairline baldy?'” Miera said.
Miera went on to say the sub immediately left after the incident. Albuquerque Public Schools says the sub has since been pulled from their sub pool and won’t be allowed back at APS schools.
It’s an incident that has some people defending the teacher, even questioning the student’s intent and saying he should have had more respect.
“I mean the student kind of, you know, didn’t make it any better,” said Brian, an Albuquerque resident.
However, the controversy has families of Atrisco Elementary students concerned.
“I don’t want my sister to be around those kind of teachers. It just worries me a little,” Brian said.
“My child is in special ed too, and he does have a lot of issues,” Sandoval said. “I wouldn’t want any teachers doing that kind of stuff to my kid.”
Many feel the situation could have been handled differently.
“You don’t have to put your hands on a child at any time, especially at school,” Sandoval said.
“The adult should’ve taken responsibility and he probably could’ve sent him to the office or something,” Rodriguez said. “Not shove him.”
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department says the child was checked by medics at the scene. Miera says her son did not sustain serious injuries from the incident.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department would only say it’s investigating.