Albuquerque teacher investigated for inappropriate relationship with student

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque teacher has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a student. Parents have a lot of questions, so KRQE News 13 went to administrators to try and get them answers.

A teacher at the Public Academy for Performing Arts in northeast Albuquerque is under police investigation.

“It’s very disturbing,” said Eric Garcia, who has a 13-year-old daughter at the charter school.

PAPA letter to parents
PAPA letter to parents

“Of course every parent is going to be concerned,” said Marjorie Moon. Her granddaughter in the sixth grade at PAPA.

Parents received a letter from the charter school Friday, stating “a teacher at PAPA was suspected of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student.”

The letter went on to say the teacher was “removed from the facility and immediately placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation by law enforcement and by PAPA.”

“It’s absolutely inappropriate,” said Cynthia Rodriguez, who has two students at PAPA. “I mean we’re putting our kids in the hands of the educators right? To educate them and protect them.”

Investigators with Albuquerque Police said the student involved is a minor. However, APD and the school have yet to identify the teacher in any way.

PAPA teaches 6th-12th graders.

“I think parents whose children go here need to know,” said Moon.

Garcia added, “So people can know if that’s their teacher or their child.”

“I think that’s the right thing to do so that all parents could be aware,” Rodriguez told KRQE News 13.

Lots of parents said they want to know who is being investigated. KRQE News 13 tried to ask school officials about it, but nobody from the school would comment or return calls.

KRQE News 13 spotted the school principal outside Friday afternoon, but she quickly walked away and refused to answer any questions.

Parents told KRQE News 13 they plan on talking to their kids about the situation and hope to get more answers from them.

“It’s pretty serious if there’s allegations like that,” Garcia said.

APD told KRQE News 13 they want to ensure parents that students are not in any danger at school. So far, no one has been charged with a crime, but that isn’t easing everyone’s concerns. At least one parent said after receiving the letter, he’s looking into other schools.

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