Middle School Teacher Assaults Student Who Wouldn't Stand For Pledge

Karen Smith was placed on paid leave while police investigate alleged assault.

Lafayette, CO – A middle school teacher was put on paid leave while the police investigate allegations that the female teacher assaulted a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance Feb. 1.

The Longmont Times-Call reported that Karen Smith, an Angevine Middle School physical education teacher, has worked for the school district for 20 years and is on paid administrative leave, according to Boulder Valley School District spokesman Randy Barber.

Lafayette Police Department Commander Brian Rosipajla confirmed to the Longmont Times-Call that police responded to the school at about noon. The police were investigating a report of a teacher assaulting a student for refusing to stand for the pledge.

Barber said the school district’s practice is to allow students to sit or stand during the pledge.

The Longmont Times-Call reported that the school district sent a letter Feb. 1 attributed to the school's principal and two assistant principals that told parents a substitute teacher would be filling in for Smith while the police investigated the incident.

"We are dedicated, as always, to supporting our students and ensuring that we have qualified educators working with them during their physical education time," the letter stated.

An assault could constitute any unwanted touching, and it's not clear at this time how the student was assaulted.

Do you think that students should be forced to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

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MBSBD
MBSBD

So, not a parent and you try to tell others how to instill patriotism into children through showing respect for our flag. Simply stated, sit down and shut up. Liberals like you are what provides Saturday morning laughter for those of us with common sense.

MBSBD
MBSBD

I've made my statements you troll. From reviewing your sampling of comments on various posts it's very obvious your only goal is be obnoxious rather than have a meaningful discussion. Crawl back under your rock. Oh, and have a great day. 🤣

JDub
JDub

If she rested her hand on the student's shoulder while she talked to him/her and the student didn't want her to, it's technically assault. Let's get the whole story first.

Kira7
Kira7

She wore a Five Below tie Dye tshirt for her school portrait?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Foundoutwest11 yeah, I'm glad too. Technology can be really, really dope.

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