IDEA Elementary vice principal charged with assault after hitting child and pushing him into filing cabinet, sheriff says

SAN ANTONIO – A vice principal at an area elementary school is in police custody and charged with assault after she “lost control” and attacked a 5-year-old student in her office, according to Sheriff Javier Salazar.

The incident happened on April 22 at an IDEA elementary school in the 10100 block of Kriewald Road, but the sheriff’s office was not made aware of the situation until Wednesday, April 27.

According to Salazar, a mother told deputies that her five-year-old son, who attends the school, was assaulted by the school’s vice principal, Tara Coleman Hunter, 53, in her office.

The child’s mother told the sheriff’s office that she had been patient with the school district after the incident and that they would provide her with more information about what happened. But, she claimed she was not given the full story.

Salazar said the child’s mother captured her son’s outcry on video the day of the incident and turned it over to deputies to help with the investigation.

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Her son was then brought in by the sheriff’s office to speak with a medical examiner. Her story was consistent with her mother’s account, according to Salazar.

The child admitted that he became “unruly” while in Hunter’s office and hit her. However, the situation escalated further when Hunter “lost control” and attacked the child, Salazar said.

“It was handled inappropriately,” the sheriff said at a news conference Thursday.

Hunter punched the child in the face or head and pushed him into a filing cabinet, according to the sheriff. This caused the child a bump on the head and bruises.

Deputies requested a child injury warrant and drove to Hunter’s home to make an arrest.

Salazar initially said she refused to comply and would not let the deputies in. After law enforcement said they would force entry, she surrendered voluntarily, according to Salazar.

Hunter is charged with bodily harm to a child, a third degree felony.

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