Elementary school teacher suspended, accused of child abuse
Dupont Elementary School in Commerce City, Colo.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — With classes at Dupont Elementary dismissed, parents greeted their children doing their usual routine, reviewing letters sent home from the school principal.
Thursday’s letter brought parents news of a Dupont school suspension, not of a student, but of a third grade teacher.
“I don’t have enough information,” said parent Genny Gonzales.
But we found the details of the alleged misconduct in this Adams County sheriff’s report citing 3rd grade teacher Kenneth Kronheim with child abuse.
According to the report another teacher witnessed Kronheim acting inappropriately with a student and reported it.
The report says the teacher first heard, “yelling in the hallway.” The witness came from her classroom and says she saw Kronheim allegedly saying, ‘I don’t know why you think you can have a fit in class. Now you are going to see someone have a fit.’
The witness stated she saw (Kronheim) then grabbed (the students) arm in an aggressive manner. She says Kronheim pulled (the student) down the hall … holding (his) arm up so it was hard for him to walk.”
At his home, Kronheim refused to answer questions about the allegations.
They’re serious enough allegations that when the school principal watched the incident on Dupont’s security cameras she immediately notified police.