Parent claims APS teacher made inappropriate comments

Created: 05/13/2014 10:09 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque Public Schools says it's investigating allegations of "possible misconduct" by a teacher at Rio Grande High School.

"I myself got upset, sad that that happened to her, that she even got put into that situation by an adult or a teacher," Angela Sepulveda said.

Sepulveda says what her daughter told her Friday shook her up.

"She told me the teacher walked up behind her and whispered in her ear 'Hey baby,'" Sepulveda said.

What made her feel worse was her daughter telling her it wasn't the first time. She said it had been happening since October, but she was nervous about speaking up. Sepulveda says it started when a teacher at RGHS would stop her daughter in the hallway. The mother says he would tell her daughter how beautiful she was and would single out her boyfriend in class.

"I'm gonna take your girl from you (he would say), I don't know how her boyfriend is even comfortable in class having that teacher every day with him," Sepulveda said.

Sepulveda says her daughter talked with other students who say the same thing and worse happened to them.

Sepulveda says she met with APS Monday, but was unsatisfied with how she says the principal responded.

"He told me that he had a talk with him and told him he needs to be professional with students," Sepulveda said.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 called APS about it Monday, and they said they'd look into it. A day later, a spokesperson said the teacher is on paid leave while the district investigates allegations of "possible misconduct." APS says the teacher has been with the district since 2009 and has only worked at RGHS. They say this is the first time he's been on leave for any investigative matter. 

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