Teacher Allegedly Assaults Student For Not Standing During Pledge

Amber Randall | Civil Rights Reporter

A Colorado middle school teacher reportedly assaulted a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, police said Thursday.

Angevine Middle School physical education teacher Karen Smith is now under investigation for allegedly forcing a student to stand and salute the flag, reports Fox 31. Police are still trying to figure how Smith hurt the student and what she did to get the student to stand up.


Smith is currently on paid administrative leave pending the completion of an investigation, the school said in a letter sent home to parents.

“While I cannot share much information, following an incident today at school, Ms. Smith was placed on paid administrative leave. We are working closely with our partners at the Lafayette Police Department. We believe in due process and therefore ask that everyone respect Ms. Smith’s privacy at this time,” the letter read.

The Boulder School District has a policy that students are allowed to sit or stand as they please during the pledge.


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