Colorado teacher accused of assaulting student who didn't stand for Pledge of Allegiance

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - A physical education teacher in Lafayette is on paid leave after being accused of assaulting a student who didn't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lafayette police also confirmed they're investigating the incident, which happened Thursday at Angevine Middle School in the Boulder Valley School District, according to KMGH.

The teacher, Karen Smith, has been employed with the district for 20 years, school officials said. A statement sent to parents said a substitute teacher would temporarily fill the role.

School officials said the district is "dedicated, as always, to supporting our students and ensuring that we have qualified educators working with them during their physical education time."

School district spokesperson Randy Barber told the Boulder Daily Camera that the district allows students to sit or stand during the pledge.

Police gave no further comment, saying the investigation is ongoing.

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