DPS security officer accused of slapping 6-year-old, placed on leave

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DENVER -- A security guard employed by Denver Public Schools was placed on leave Tuesday, after being accused of using "excessive force" against a student, according to a statement from the school district.

DPS spokesperson Amy Asper said the incident was reported on April 26.

"The allegation was reported to the Denver Police Department, and they are investigating," Asper wrote in a statement. "DPS will cooperate fully with the Denver Police Department investigation and will also conduct its own subsequent investigation."

Asper confirmed the security guard had been placed on leave, "per DPS protocol."

Earlier Tuesday morning, FOX31 Denver received a tip from a viewer, who claimed her son was the victim of the alleged incident.

"My son, who is 6 years old, was slapped by a safety and security officer, who has since been called out for his behavior," the viewer wrote. "We were not told about it until the detective from the DPD called (Tuesday) morning. ... There were three witnesses to this assault."

The viewer continued to write the detective informed her that police are investigating and determining whether criminal charges will be filed.