By Jamie Leary

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (CBS4) – A teacher with the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) is on paid administrative leave following an incident at Angevine Middle School.

Karen Smith, Angevine’s physical education teacher, was placed on leave Thursday.

pledge assault 2 Teacher Accused Of Assaulting Student Who Refused To Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance

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The school’s Principal, Mike Medina, sent a letter home to parents Thursday evening notifying them there had been an “incident” involving Ms. Smith  but said he could not elaborate.

Dear Angevine Middle School Families,

I hope everyone is having a good evening.

I am reaching out to you tonight to let you know that we will have a substitute teacher working with some of our PE classes for the time being.

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.

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

Thank you for your patience and support. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Mike Medina

Principal

Angevine Middle School

The Lafayette Police Department responded to the school around noon Thursday. It confirmed it’s investigating reports that teacher assaulted a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

A parent waiting to pick her child up at Angevine Friday afternoon told CBS4 that her daughter knows Smith as a “strict” teacher but has never had an issue.

Two other parents who spoke to CBS4 off camera said they believe the story has been “blown out of proportion” and expressed disappointment.

pledge assault Teacher Accused Of Assaulting Student Who Refused To Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance

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The school is working closely with the Lafayette Police Department on the investigation. For now it has hired a substitute teacher to take Ms. Smith’s place.

No charges have been filed.

Jamie Leary joined the CBS4 team in 2015 and currently works as a reporter for CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. She couldn’t imagine a better place to live and work and will stop at nothing to find the next great story. Jamie loves learning about and hearing from her fellow community members, so connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @JamieALeary.

Comments (26)
  1. JimeeJohnson says:

    Typical dumb a ss right wing bass turd brain dead gym teacher.

    1. Sandy Blade says:

      Typical clown a ss lib turd brain dead snowflake. No wonder kids have no respect for our teachers or our country. Too many clowns like you around to make sure they are not held accountable for their actions.

      1. Are you suggesting kids should “respect” a public school teacher that assaults a student for asserting their constitutional right not to affirm that they are “under God?”

        This is both a case of simple assault, and a violation of the First Amendment.

        This so called “teacher” should be in the Federal Pen.

  2. Tom Davis says:

    Back in the good ole days you would have got your a$$ kicked at school by the teacher and again by the kids in the hallway and again by your parents when you got home. I sure do miss the good ole days.

    1. Ann Pirie says:

      Me, too. It was a far finer place in the “good old days.”

    2. I agree as well. It’s my generation’s fault, though. We raised “best friends”, “buddies”. Two generations down the road, we have kids that think that THEIR kid’s deserve equal rights.

      They haven’t put together the reason why kids don’t have the right to a driver’s license until a certain age, or why they can’t drink until a certain age, or why their crimes are judged differently than the same crime committed by an adult because of their age. No, they can only think that the kids are entitled to be treated equally at ANY age because the Constitution says so.

      Just as I am saying now, one day, when THEY are much older, they will realize the mistakes they made. But many of us won’t be around to hear therm say it – thank God. I guess that’s part of the cycle of life.

    3. Scott Mark says:

      The SCOTUS ruled on this in 1943. What year did you go to school. Any teach that is ignorant of this ruling should not be teaching. I

  3. Clare A Mohs says:

    West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943), is a decision by the United States Supreme Court holding that the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment protects students from being forced to salute the American flag or say the Pledge of Allegiance in public school.
    Where I taught there were often students who didn’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance due to their religious beliefs as Jehovah’s Witnesses. No one made a big deal of it.

  4. James Hunter says:

    There are no loyalty oaths in a land of free people.

  5. Judy White says:

    rotten kids need there sorry butts kicked and so does Eric Christenseen.low life liberals.

  6. Yes, the teacher needs some due process – but the same thing goes for the victim. What I imagined to have happened, having attended BVSD as a child,is that this teacher is not strict, she is a bully. We get them sometimes. My guess is that the staff was well aware of the issues involving the teacher and they didn’t do anything about it. My projection is that the teacher will go someplace else to teach and bully the student there.
    But I don’t know what happened, and neither the school nor the teacher is likely to inform us. I wish there was an impartial outside agency that could investigate the matter and issue a public report. The idea that this is a “personnel issue” and therefore not public is not an excuse for hiding what could be a larger issue of abusive teachers.

  7. It is not blown out of proportion to be arrested and lose your job over a mere allegation, and for something that normal people agree with.

    Nowhere does this, or any other article, say what Karen Smith actually did.

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