We were notified by the Deer Park Police Department that a parent has filed a complaint against a College Park Elementary teacher over an incident that occurred during a game in a scheduled physical education class on Feb. 8. The teacher is reported to have thrown at a student a foam-core ball (which is specifically designed for the game) in apparent anger.
Following the incident, which was inexcusable and unacceptable, the teacher contacted the parent to apologize the morning of Feb. 10. Disciplinary actions were taken by the district consistent with policy. Based on our understanding at the time, the district considered the matter closed.
On the afternoon of Feb. 10, the district was notified that a complaint had been filed with the Deer Park Police Department. Based on the preliminary investigation, the department informed the district that charges were likely forthcoming.
The police department on February 15 contacted the principal for a video copy of the incident. We are cooperating fully with the police department, and the employee is on administrative leave with pay pending resolution.
Click on the file below to download a copy of the letter sent home to parents of College Park Elementary School parents.