Teacher accused of pulling students' hair

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by TERESA WOODARD / WFAA

wwltv.com

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM

LEWISVILLE, Texas — A physical education teacher at Hedrick Middle School has resigned amid allegations he lifted three students off the gym floor by picking them up by their hair.

The young coach — on the job just two years — is on paid leave pending results of a Lewisville police investigation. Police said parents filed a report accusing the 26-year-old teacher of the hair-pulling incident.

"I do know the students said they felt pain,” said Lewisville police spokesman Capt. Kevin Deaver. He added that police are meeting with parents later this week.

"He was nice to everyone; everyone liked him," sixth-grader Elise Leon said about her teacher. She and others said he would often engage in horseplay with some of the boys at Hedrick Middle School.

The teacher is on paid administrative leave while police investigate. He has resigned for next school year, Lewisville ISD administrators said.

For now, police stress the coach is not charged. But if the allegations are substantiated, he could be charged with injury to a child, which is a felony, Deaver said.

“We certainly wouldn't want someone to face charges if they didn't commit an offense, so we investigate all of these thoroughly," the police spokesman said. "If there's one victim, one witness, or three victims.”

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