Substitute teacher accused of shoving elementary school students

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AURORA, Colo. -- A substitute teacher in Aurora is under investigation following an accusation of shoving elementary school children.

Parents say it took getting the police involved for the school to take action.

This happened at Sixth Avenue Elementary School.

The teacher has been temporarily removed from the pool of substitute teachers pending the outcome of the investigation.

Starla Drake says like any parent, she was mad when her daughter told her what happened at the school last week. "I was upset the assault happened about one or two and nobody was contacted."

Fifth grader Khimani Hampton says they had s substitute teacher who scared the kids when he grabbed one of classmates. "He was walking and he grabbed him by his elbow and threw him into a chair."

Khimani says that teacher shoved her, too. Once, it was hard enough to make other kids fall down she says.

"I went up to him and he 'smushed' my face really hard. And then I went up there with my friends and he pushed me and I fell into them and they fell hard."

Drake says the children tried to tell the principal, who she says ignored the kids until parents called police.

The school says it looked into things and sent out a statement saying in part, "We can assure parents and students that the substitute will not return to Sixth Avenue in the future. Aurora Public Schools does not tolerate inappropriate staff behavior ..."

Drake says she's glad about that. But she worries the same substitute teacher could end up in some other classroom.

"This could possibly happen to someone else's child and if he did it once and was that comfortable this might be something he does."

Police say they started looking into this case after they received complaints from at least two parents and the school.



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