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Student Locked In Cage: NM Teacher On Leave After Cell Phone Video Leaked

Student Locked In Cage

01/19/11 11:49 AM ET   AP

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A shop teacher at a New Mexico high school has been put on paid on leave after cell phone video surfaced of her locking up a student in an outdoor cage.

Santa Fe police say the 15-year-old boy was acting out in class on Jan. 7. The teacher had other students help drag the boy outside and lock him in the chain-link enclosure used for storage.

Santa Fe Police Detective Sgt. Louis Carlos tells KOAT-TV in Albuquerque that the boy can be seen waving to classmates and eventually kicks the gate to free himself. Carlos calls the video disturbing and says the female teacher could face child abuse and false imprisonment charges.

The district attorney will determine if charges are warranted.

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Information from: KOAT-TV, http://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html

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