Elementary teacher seen on camera grabbing student, placed on leave

Adams County Sheriff's Department investigating

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - An Adams County elementary school teacher is under investigation, accused of "misconduct" caught on camera.

The arrest report states that the teacher was seen taking a student out of class Wednesday morning, grabbing him by the arm "in an aggressive manner" and pulling him by his arm down the hall, forcing him to walk on his tiptoes to keep up.

The report states the teacher was yelling, "I don't know why you think you can have a fit in class. You are going to see someone have a fit."

The Adams 14  School District placed the teacher on administrative leave that same day, and records show the principal called 911 after a teacher reported to her what happened and she saw the surveillance video.

The school is located at 7970 Kimberly St,,

The school sent out letters to parents Thursday, informing them of the investigation.

Valerie Baros' children go to school at Dupont Elementary, and the letter she received Thursday is not what she wants to see.

"It kind of upsets me," said Baros, "because these are my kids and this is a new school I'm bringing them to. And I don't know what to think about this."

According to the report, the child told the detective it hurt when the teacher grabbed him, but detectives saw no red marks or swelling.

7NEWS has the teacher's name but is not releasing it because no official charges have been filed.

Detectives issued a summons for child abuse, recklessly and knowingly with no injury.

The Adams 14 District issued a statement that said, in part: "Given that this is a personnel matter, Adams 14 is unable to provide further information at this time and will allow for due process to proceed.  As always, our number one priority is the safety of our students."


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