ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque Public Schools teacher is on unpaid leave Monday night after police arrested him at school for what he’s accused of doing at a protest.
Benjamin Imbus works at John Adams Middle School. According to Albuquerque Public Schools, he was hired in August 2013. That’s where he was taken into custody Monday morning.
Police say Imbus damaged a truck that was trying to pass through protesters in Downtown Albuquerque last week following a hung jury in the murder trial of two former Albuquerque Police Department officers.
KRQE News 13 caught Imbus hitting his protest sign on the hood of the truck so hard that it snapped in half.
Parents and students said that’s a side of him they definitely haven’t seen at school.
“We thought it was a different teacher,” Alexia Archuleta said. “We would never suspect that it was Mr. Imbus. He’s like nicest, sweetest person you could ever meet.”
But parents said Imbus is expected to set an example for his students in-and-out of school.
“It’s shocking. You don’t know what to think,” Antonette Moreno said. “You try to think that they’re doing everything by their students then you hear something like that and it’s pretty shocking, and all over just a protest.”
The estimated cost of the damage caused by Imbus is about $1,800.
Imbus is facing criminal damage to private property and other misdemeanor charges.
As of Tuesday night, Imbus was still in jail.