Teacher who allegedly forced student to stand for Pledge of Allegiance charged with child abuse, assault
LAFAYETTE, Colo. -- A teacher at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette who allegedly assaulted a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance will be charged with child abuse and assault, the Boulder District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Physical education teacher Karen Smith, a 20-year employee of the Boulder Valley School District, is accused of forcefully making a male student stand for the Pledge by lifting him to his feet by his jacket and removing him from the classroom, officials said.