(Meredith) – A Colorado middle school teacher now faces child abuse charges after allegedly forcing a student to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance earlier this month.
Karen Smith, a physical education teacher at Angevine Middle School, was also charged on Tuesday with third-degree assault.
The Lafayette Police Department said Smith grabbed a male student by his jacket, lifted him to his feet and removed him from the classroom on Feb. 1.
Boulder Valley School District spokesman Randy Barber said district policy allows students to stand or sit for the Pledge
Barber said Smith is a 20-year employee of the district.
She was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the police investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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