BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A middle school teacher the Boulder Valley School District who allegedly forced a child to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance has taken a plea deal and retired from teaching, the Boulder Daily Camera reports.

Police say Karen Smith, 60, a physical education teacher at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette, grabbed a boy by his jacket, lifted him to his feet, and took him out of class on Feb. 1.

Karen Smith (credit: Lafayette Police)

Smith was placed on leave in February and later charged with child abuse and third-degree assault.

According to the Camera, pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse resulting in injury and the assault charge was dropped. She received an 18-month deferred sentence.


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