Teacher charged in abuse allegation
Vail, CO Colorado
SILVERTHORNE ” A music teacher at Silverthorne Elementary School faces a misdemeanor charge of child abuse after allegedly grabbing and bruising a student’s arm, according to a report by the Silverthorne Police Department.
The teacher, Salvatore Mancini, 50, of Silverthorne, is currently not at the school and a substitute teacher is filling in, officials said.
In a report by the Silverthorne Police Department, it says that Mancini told the school’s principal that he did not touch the student.
Mancini’s lawyer, Brad Bartels, of Boulder, said “Anybody can make an allegation and we’re going to work through the system to resolve this allegation. … Teachers are sort of sitting targets.”
The school district sent a letter home to parents at the school to reassure them that they take safety “very seriously.”
“We want to emphasize our commitment to student safety at Silverthorne Elementary School,” it said in the letter. “The climate we have created is very positive and our school continues to be a great place to learn and grow.”
According to the police report:
The incident occurred about 10:15 a.m. on March 16. A student whose identity was withheld, came to the main office from art class crying. The child said that while in music class Mancini squeezed the child’s arm.
“I hurt so bad, I could barely breathe,” the student told police.
The child explained to the principal that while laying down in music class, Mancini yelled at the child to stand up.
The child did and then the teacher grabbed the child’s upper right arm and pulled the child to the corner, according to child’s account in the report.
The student later said to police, “Mr. Mancini spoke to me hard and told me I was not supposed to lie down.” The student was “scared of him,” the report states.
The student’s arm was iced and the school’s principal, Diana Hulbert, noticed bruising and that “there appeared to be an impression of two fingers,” according to the police report.
According to police, the bruise “was consistent with an injury someone would have from being squeezed on the arm.”
Mancini is a local musician who moved to Colorado from Chicago with his wife and daughter about eight years ago. He’s worked at Summit Middle School in the past and transferred to Silverthorne Elementary School this year, according to a previous article in the Summit Daily News.
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