Gym Teacher Allegedly Assaulted Student Who Wouldn’t Stand for Pledge
Physical education teacher Karen Smith is accused of assaulting a student who legally refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette, Kentucky, on Feb. 1.
Boulder Valley School District spokesman Randy Barber said Smith was placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, reports KUSA.
Angevine Middle School Principal Mike Medina sent a letter 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.
Barber said the school district policy allows for students to stand or sit for the pledge; that right has been guaranteed for decades by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Barber added: “The practice is not to punish students or staff members who choose not to participate.”