Judges dismisses child abuse case against Colorado teacher

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DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – A judge has dismissed the child abuse charges against an Ignacio, Colorado teacher caught on video in a physical confrontation with a student.

In the video obtained by the Durango Herald, you can see teacher Harris Murphy and a 15-year-old student scuffling with each other from a classroom into a hallway.

The teen claims Murphy started it by grabbing him by the hood. Several others claim the teen was being defiant and grabbed the teacher’s wrist.

The District Attorney later filed child abuse charges against Murphy.

Now the Herald reports that just days before Murphy was to go on trial, Judge Martha Minot dismissed the charges. She determined Murphy is immune to prosecution under state law which allows teachers to use physical force if they’re acting in self defense or in good faith complacence with the school code of discipline.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Murphy’s attorney who said Mr. Murphy didn’t wish to comment. The judge’s office said the same.

The District Attorney told the Herald they disagree with the ruling but have to respect it.

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