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Teacher charged with child abuse, assault

Karen Smith, a middle school teacher in suburban Denver, has been formally charged with child abuse and assault for allegedly forcing a child to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance earlier this month, CBS Denver reports. Lafayette police say Karen Smith, a physical education teacher at Angevine Middle School, grabbed a boy by his jacket, lifted him to his feet and took him out of class on February 1. Police were called.
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