ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A parent seeks answers after their daughter is involved in a physical altercation with a teacher at an Albuquerque middle school. The video is circulating on social media.
13-year-old Heaven Herrera is in eighth grade at Truman Middle School. Last Thursday, she said she was helping her friend fix a bicycle chain when a teacher walked up to her and they started a verbal argument. From then on, things escalated.
“We’d fight a lot and then I would talk to her in the face and she would shoot me in the face and she would hit me with the walkie-talkie and then I would start hitting her back because I have mixed personalities and things like that,” said Herrera.
It’s hard to see in the video who hits whom first. Herrera was quickly held back by Albuquerque Public School security or police. According to Herrera and her stepmother Sabrina Chavez, the student’s intellectual disabilities and anger issues are well documented in the school.
Chavez says she is frustrated with the lack of communication with Truman Middle School staff. “I even asked them at the end why no one contacted me from the office and they just said, oh, because another argument had broken out … like that wasn’t an excuse. You had my daughter who was in a physical altercation with one of your teachers, ”Chavez said.
Herrera met with APS police on Tuesday to give their testimony. Chavez says they plan to bring charges. The family also received a call from the school principal on Tuesday informing them that Herrera is on long-term suspension. Your hearing is scheduled for December 7th.
KRQE News 13 reached out to APS to see if the employee was under investigation or on leave from the Truman Middle School incident. A spokesman did not comment on personnel issues.