CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – Clovis police are looking into accusations a middle school teacher slapped one of her students.
The teacher was put on leave April 17, but is now back at work.
The victim’s father spoke with KRQE News 13 Wednesday.
“He still cries at night sometimes because he’s scared to go back to school. He just doesn’t want to run into this teacher again,” said the boy’s dad.
The teen’s dad filed a police report against a teacher at Gattis Middle School in Clovis claiming the woman slapped his 7th grade son across the face last week after he made a joke during gym class.
“He made a comment to another student that was paired up with a female and that was his lover or something. You know how kids are they like to joke around,” he said.
The boy’s dad says the teacher didn’t take it as a joke.
He says she intentionally hit his 13-year-old son, leaving a visible red mark on his cheek.
“He said it stung. His head jerked sideways,” he said.
The school district and the police department launched an investigation into the incident.
The teacher was put on leave for two days, but is now back on the job.
“The school did a very thorough investigation and at the conclusion of it, that they invited her back to the classroom,” said the teacher’s attorney Matt Chandler.
Chandler says the school didn’t find any evidence she slapped the student, but the district wouldn’t confirm that.
Clovis police are continuing to investigate.
In the meantime, the teen’s father says he’s not giving up the fight.
“I just want them to look into it deeper and take action that should be taken toward a teacher that puts her hands on a student,” he said.
The teacher’s attorney says she’s worked for the Clovis School District for more than a decade and this is the first complaint filed against her.