LOVELAND, Colo. – A former teacher is suing a Colorado school district after she claims she was prohibited from reporting abuse by a student.
Carrie Giesler was offered a job teaching a 13-year-old boy with autism in the Thompson School District.
Shortly after taking the job, she said the student began physically attacking her.
“Walked up and open face, open-handed slapped me, punched me in the ribs, kicked me in the back, spitting in my face,” Giesler told KDVR.
Giesler said the special needs student threatened to kill her.
Instead of punishing the boy, Giesler claims her supervisors prohibited her from documenting the abuse or calling police.
“I was told that was my job and I was going to get in there and take it,” she said.
Giesler said she still reported the abuse to her bosses every month for six months.
When the student broke her thumb, she called police and filed third-degree assault charges against the boy.
At that point, the district finally took action – against her. She eventually lost her job.
Now, Giesler is suing the district.
“You have the right to call the police when you are in danger, that is a constitutional right,” attorney Ronald Jung told KDVR. “They contributed or created this dangerous situation and then they told her, by the way, you can’t call the police.”
A district spokesperson said they could not comment on pending litigation.