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SF teacher on leave after parent says she washed student's hair

The Associated Press
October 20, 2017 05:21 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe elementary school teacher was placed on administrative leave after police and school officials say she washed students' hair in class.

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The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the parent of a 6-year-old student told the principal of the Nina Otero Community School on Tuesday that Maria Bernardez had washed her son's hair. The incident was reported to police, and school officials say the teacher washed other students' hair as well.

Superintendent Veronica Garcia says the school does not "condone or tolerate any kind of inappropriate physical contact with our students."

Bernardez says she did not wash the students' hair, but some students washed their own hair after recess.

Police spokesman Greg Gurule says the report was only for documenting purposes and "there's no legal issue here."

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