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Mother speaks after South Valley school director is accused of holding box cutter blade to her son’s neck

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A involved mom is talking out after her son, a Junior at South Valley Academy, had a blade to his neck at school. The man accused of doing it? The Executive Director of the Charter School.

“My heart dropped, my heart dropped, I started crying, I told him, I was like, if he did this, what’s next,” stated Claudia Morales, the scholar’s mom.

Morales says it occurred on April 18. She acquired a name from the school that morning saying her son was threatened by Richard Perea, the manager director, who put a box cutter to his neck. “It’s something that I can’t explain, it’s really, I was scared, I was like nervous, I was crying,” Morales stated.


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According to a legal criticism, the scholar was inside a school restroom when a safety guard escorted him out and to Perea’s workplace, saying he was suspected of vaping within the rest room. The pupil was searched, and whereas no vape was discovered, a box cutter was in his pocket. Documents say he defined he had that blade for ranch work after school. The criticism says the scholar gave the box cutter up and agreed to let safety take it.

But that’s when Perea is accused of grabbing the box cutter, opening the blade, and placing it shut to the scholar’s neck saying “Boom jugular vein” and “Stand up, I’m gonna show you what a Chicano man does.”

Perea is additionally accused of shifting the blade from one facet of the scholar’s neck to the opposite. “He said, Mom my heart dropped, he’s all, if I would have moved he would have cut me, he would have cut my neck,” Morales stated.

Flash ahead to Wednesday evening, the school council held a gathering the place some school and group members expressed help for the director whereas others, like Morales, didn’t. At that assembly, the council voted to reinstate Perea regardless of the legal allegations. But Thursday, the council advised KRQE News 13 that Perea is on administrative depart.

There is a warrant out for Perea’s arrest. He’s dealing with a number of fees together with aggravated assault and baby abuse.

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