Middle school principal, vice principal on leave amid criminal investigation


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Parents at Jimmy Carter Middle School say they aren’t being told the whole story. A substitute teacher has been accused of misconduct and the principal and vice principal are now on leave.

KRQE News 13 asked Albuquerque Public Schools if the decision to put those staff members on leave was related to the criminal investigation, but they wouldn’t say.

Wednesday, many parents said they didn’t receive any kind of notice from the school about the misconduct or the staff on leave, but everything they know they’ve learned from their kids.

“There was word that a teacher got excused also for harassing one of the students not sure what teacher it was,” said parent Gabriel Rios.

“I just get home and my son’s telling me there is a teacher that is accused of… I don’t even know how to say it. Accused of doing stuff to students that come to the school and we haven’t heard anything about it,” said parent Cristal Sandoval.

Another guardian says she received a call from the school at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

The phone message sent out on Wednesday said:

I’m calling to let you know police are investigating serious allegations of misconduct by one of our substitute teachers. The substitute is on leave pending the outcome of this investigation.

As part of the process, Margaret Lucero has been placed as interim Principal.  She will ensure that teaching and leaving continues as normal.

Because this is a police investigation and a personnel issue, there is nothing more we can share, only that the safety and well-being of our students is always our first priority.

We apologize for any anxiety this may cause you or your family. Please talk with your student and encourage him or her to talk with our school counselor if this situation proves to be stressful for any reason.

Some students at the school say they saw two staff members being escorted off the property Tuesday

Jimmy Carter Middle School has had its share of problems.

In 2010, a teacher and an educational assistant were caught on surveillance video trying to restrain a 12-year-old special ed student. The student was swung into a wall.

Then-superintendent Winston Brooks called it totally inappropriate.

Two years later, teacher Kristy Sanchez Trujillo admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old Jimmy Carter student. She was sentenced to a year of house arrest.

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