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Teacher accused of pinching, slapping children arrested at elementary school

Olga Najera faces two counts of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury or mental injury.

A teacher was arrested Tuesday morning at Helen Ball Elementary School, according to a spokesman with the Socorro Independent School District.

Olga Najera faces two counts of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury or mental injury.

According to court records, Najera is accused of pinching a child under the age of 14 on the arm and scratching the child around the hands.

She is also accused of slapping another child in the face, stepping on the child’s foot and kicking the child, according to court documents.

Both incidents reportedly happening in August of 2016.

The teacher was placed on administrative leave in March due to reports of inappropriate behavior at Myrtle Cooper Elementary, but there were no findings to prove the allegations and the teacher was transferred to Helen Ball, according to the district.

The court documents do not state if the children were Najera’s students or if the incident happened at a school.

Online court records show Najera was booked under a $15,000 bond cash or surety bond, which has been posted.

A text was sent to parents of Helen Ball Elementary students with the following message:

“Good morning parents this is Anna Soto principal of Helen Ball Elementary School. I am calling to inform you that an employee of our campus was placed on administrative leave. As a result of an ongoing investigation into misconduct which occurred outside of Helen Ball Elementary. The safety and security of our students is our number one priority.”

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