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CPS Substitute Teacher Investigated for Slapping Student at Inter-American

By Serena Dai | April 10, 2013 6:21am | Updated on April 10, 2013 12:38pm
 Inter-American Magnet School is located at 851 W. Waveland Ave. 
Inter-American Magnet School is located at 851 W. Waveland Ave. 
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LAKEVIEW — A substitute teacher is being investigated for allegedly slapping a student at Inter-American Magnet School, a Chicago Public Schools spokesman confirmed.

It's the second alleged slapping incident to come to light at the school this year. In February, CPS started an investigation of Inter-American Mandarin language teacher Miaomiao Chen for allegedly slapping a third-grader in the face.

Both investigations are ongoing. Chen still works at the school, at 851 W. Waveland Ave.

CPS would not release or confirm the name of the substitute teacher under investigation.

Substitute teachers come from a pool for the entire network of schools in the area, and the principal is allowed to say "no" to any particular sub, a CPS spokesman said.

Principal Vernita Vallez, who will be leaving at the end of the school year, could ban the teacher from the school without offering a reason.

The CPS employee discipline manual bans deliberate use of physical force with a student, including slapping or other physical contact. Substitute teachers are not considered employees but must abide by system rules. 

"We don’t tolerate teachers hitting students," the spokesman said.