3rd grader says teacher spat on him; Police investigating

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CHICAGO --  Police are investigating allegation that a Chicago Public School teacher spit on a student.

9-year-old Daniel Marquez, a 3rd grader at Brighton Park Elementary, says near the end of the school day yesterday, his homeroom teacher pushed him against a wall and spat in his face.

“She was yelling at me and then she stopped for a couple seconds and then she spit in my face,” he said.

Tiffany Spaulding, Daniel’s mother, was waiting outside the school to pick up Daniel and says she saw the spit on his forehead.

“And it wasn’t a little bit of spit it was like she really took a lot to actually put a lot of spit on his forehead,” Tiffany said.
Tiffany called police.

“I got on the phone. I called the principal and I called the cops and I made the report. They made a report for battery.”

Chicago police say they are investigation the incident.

WGN is not naming the teacher involved.

A spokesman for the Chicago Public Schools said:

The District's highest priority is the well-being of its students. We take allegations of this nature very seriously, and we are looking into the matter.

Spaulding says the teacher called her and left a voicemail saying Daniel threatened her. Spaulding says she’s not yet spoken to the teacher. But she did speak with the principal of Brighton.

A school official at Brighton said they looked at this alleged spitting incident and do not believe the teacher intentionally spat on the student.

Police are investigating.