Peñasco High School parent accused of beating son, assaulting principal

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 11/27/19

A Peñasco High School parent was charged with child abuse and assault upon a school employee after he was accused of beating his son following a disciplinary hearing and raising a fist to the school's principal when she tried to intervene.

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Peñasco High School parent accused of beating son, assaulting principal

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A Peñasco High School parent was charged with child abuse and assault upon a school employee after he was accused of beating his son following a disciplinary hearing and raising a fist to the school's principal when she tried to intervene.

A deputy who investigated the incident on Nov 20 arrested "Ray" Alvan Abeyta, 44, after speaking with school employees who said they witnessed the alleged violent outburst.

Deputy Teodoro Flores wrote in a statement of probable cause that he first met with Secretary Elberta Rodriguez and Principal Marina Lopez, who both said Abeyta had pushed his son up against a wall after the student was handed a suspension letter. The reason for the teen's suspension wasn't specified in court records.

When Lopez intervened, she said Abeyta "raised his hand in the form of a first and told her, 'Don't tell me how to raise my kid,' " the probable cause statement reads.

Rodriguez and another teacher at the school also said they saw Abeyta raise his fist to the school administrator. Rodriguez said she yelled at Abeyta when she saw his fist balled, fearing that he was going to hit Lopez.

"You shut up, too," she said Abeyta told her.

From a classroom, the student's teacher said she heard yelling in the hallway. When Abeyta and his son left the building, she said she looked out a window and saw them climb into a truck, where she said Abeyta began punching the teen around the head and face.

Later, after reviewing surveillance footage with a school technician, Deputy Flores wrote that he could see Abeyta push his son out the front doors of the school, but Flores did not indicate in his report whether he could see the interaction in the vehicle.

Flores arrested Abeyta without incident at his home on Acequia Madre Road in Peñasco. Flores said Abeyta declined to speak to him about what had happened at the school.

Abeyta was booked at the Taos County Adult Detention Center, but was later released on a $5,000 unsecured appearance bond. He is scheduled to appeared for a preliminary examination in Taos Magistrate Court on Friday (Dec. 6).

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