COMMERCE CITY — A teacher at Dupont Elementary School in the Adams 14 School District was placed on administrative leave earlier this month after allegations of the teacher being abusive to a student.
The teacher — who has not been named pending official charges — was placed on paid administrative leave after the Adams County Sheriff’s Office was called to the school Oct. 16 after allegedly getting into a physical confrontation with a student.
A 911 recording related to the alleged incident revealed the school’s principal, Pat Almeida, detail how the incident allegedly happened.
“I had a teacher pull a student out of a classroom to discipline them for an incident that happened inside,” according to the 911 call. “And then he talked to that student for about 10 to 15 seconds and then he — I don’t know how else to say it — he drug the student down the hallway to another classroom. … Other staff members heard it in the hallway — heard the commotion that was going on — and so I’m calling.”
The teacher has not been arrested but was issued a summons for child abuse - recklessly and knowingly with no injury.
Parents of Dupont students were sent letters the day after the teacher was placed on administrative leave informing them of the situation and the ongoing investigation.
A statement from Adams 14 School District spokeswoman Maria Vanderkolk offered no further details related to the incident.
“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,” the statement read. “As always, our number one priority is the safety of our students.”