Teacher charged, on leave for dragging student

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A Central California physical education teacher was charged with a misdemeanor and put on leave after he tried to drag a 14-year-old girl across the concrete and into the high school’s pool.

Denny Peterson, a teacher at Edison High School in Stockton, was charged this week with a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a child, the Stockton Record reported Friday.

Peterson was filmed with a cellphone by another student while he dragged Sandra Garcia toward the pool in August.

Garcia’s attorney Gilbert Somera says she was left with scratches and bruises on her back after being dragged.

“When you have been bullied by an adult in front of your classmates, it places you in a very distressing situation,” he said. “It’s embarrassing for a young girl like that.”

Garcia told Sacramento’s News 10 she initially got in the pool but refused to fully submerge in the water because she didn’t want to get her hair wet. When she got out of the pool Peterson tried to drag her back into it.

District officials said they couldn’t comment on the case because of the alleged incident involves a minor.

Peterson, a 10-year employee of the school, has no history of complaints with the district. He could lose his job if convicted of the charge.

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Information from: The Stockton Record, http://www.recordnet.com/

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