Niwot High School teacher arrested for assaulting student

NIWOT, Colo. – A teacher at Niwot High School was arrested Friday morning for assault on a student.

Dylan Thomas Hollingsworth, 43, of Longmont, is accused of assaulting a 17-year-old during a weightlifting class on Thursday, October 26.

Dylan Hollingsworth, 43, is accused of kneeing a student in the groin in front of his classmates. (Photo: Boulder County Sheriff)

Dylan Hollingsworth, 43, is accused of kneeing a student in the groin in front of his classmates. (Photo: Boulder County Sheriff)

A school official learned of the incident the next day and placed Hollingsworth on administrative leave during an investigation of the attack.

Officials determined that the altercation Hollingsworth had with the teenager stemmed from the student’s use of profanity in class, which the class had been warned about earlier in the class period.

Hollingsworth reportedly told the students that the next person who used profanity would get into some sort of trouble, and might possibly be hit or kicked.

Shortly after Hollingsworth warned the students against using profanity in class, the victim continued to use profanity while singing along with a song while working out.

Hollingsworth reportedly approached the student, and using his middle and ring finger, he began to apply pressure to the victim’s larynx, causing the student to struggle to breathe.

The teacher then kneed the student in the groin, causing the student to fall to the ground.

Over two dozen other students were in the class at the time of the assault.

The sheriff’s investigation culminated in Hollingsworth’s arrest Friday morning when he turned himself into the Boulder County Jail.

Hollingsworth was booked into the jail on the charges of second degree assault, a class four felony; and third degree assault, a class one misdemeanor.

Hollingsworth was released on bond and is due to return to court on December 8, at 1:30 p.m.