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Teacher charged with abuse for allegedly forcing kid to stand during Pledge

A veteran Colorado teacher is now facing criminal charges of child abuse and assault after allegedly forcing a young student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance earlier this month, according to reports.

Karen Smith, a physical education teacher at the Angevine Middle School in Boulder, allegedly made the unidentified student stand for the pledge by “lifting him to his feet by his jacket and removing him from the classroom,” The Denver Channel reported, citing police.

Cops were called to the school immediately following the Feb. 1 incident, and on Tuesday Smith was formally charged in connection to the matter, officials said.

The school district said in a statement Tuesday: “Today we learned that the Boulder County District Attorney’s office has formally charged Angevine Middle School Physical Education Teacher Karen Smith.”

The statement went on to say that Smith “has served Boulder Valley School District for 20 years and is currently on paid administrative leave. We are cooperating with the District Attorney’s Office and respect their decision on this matter.”

Just after noon on Tuesday, Smith arrived at the Lafayette Police Department where she was processed and released with a summons for the misdemeanor charges.

A spokesman for the school district previously told The Denver Post that it’s a school district policy to allow students the choice of sitting or standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Smith’s next court date is scheduled for Feb. 28.

Source: https://nypost.com/2018/02/14/teacher-charged-with-abuse-for-allegedly-forcing-kid-to-stand-during-pledge/

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