FMHS teacher on leave after incident

Published: Oct. 5, 2018 at 11:56 AM MDT
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A teacher is on leave after an incident at Fruita Monument High School that happened on Wednesday, according to District 51.

In a video posted on Facebook, a teacher and an apparent student are involved in an altercation.

The school district said on Friday they were immediately notified of the incident, and the teacher has not been at FMHS since Wednesday. An investigation is underway to determine if more disciplinary action is needed, according to D51.

Fruita Monument Student Taya Berg says this isn't the first time this kind of thing has happened.

"I needed to bring attention to something that has gotten worse and worse over the couple years that I've been at Fruita. That same teacher grabbed me and threw me out of my chair because I wouldn't give him my phone," Berg said.

And it hurts her in more ways than one.

"It's just sad to me like, teachers are supposed to be there for us, teaching us, not hurting us and bringing us down and stuff," Berg said.

Some other people that saw the video say its hard to say what exactly was going on.

"I wonder what was going on. Like, why was this person being forced to the ground? I wouldn't want my child to be thrown to the ground by any means, even if she was the bully," said Parent, Jessica Smith.

KJCT News 8 reached out to the Fruita Police Department to find out more about the incident, and was told the school resource officer at the high school is a Fruita PD officer. No further information was available, because the investigation is ongoing, police said.