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SISD board votes to fire teacher accused of hitting students

The teacher was arrested earlier this year at Helen Ball Elementary School.

A Socorro Independent School District teacher has been fired over allegations that she hit students.

On Tuesday, the Socorro School Board voted to fire elementary school teacher Olga Najera. Najera most recently taught at Helen Ball Elementary School.

Najera was accused in March of physically abusing students but no action was taken against her by the district until now.

She was placed on administrative leave in August, after being charged with two counts of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury or mental injury.

She was teaching at Helen Ball Elementary School at the time.

Court records showed that she was being accused of pinching and scratching a child under the age of 14.

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 2016.

Najera was moved to Helen Ball Elementary School after being placed on administrative leave in March due to reports of inappropriate behavior at Myrtle Cooper Elementary School. She was moved because there was no finding that proved the allegations.

The district said that because there was no proof of misconduct then, it didn’t take any action. Now that she has been arrested and charged, she is no longer employed with the district.

“We allow her, by commissioners' ruling, a time to appeal the decision, so she has 15 days after she receives the notice. The notice will be sent out tomorrow,” Rudy Campoya, chief human resources officer for Socorro Independent School District, said.

Although the board made the decision Tuesday, her termination won't be effective until the next board meeting, should she not choose to appeal it.

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