GRPS teacher cleared of choking allegation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids teacher is back in class after being investigated for allegedly choking a student.

Kent Hills Elementary teacher Robert Spaeth was on paid leave during the investigation, but Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Kent County Prosecutor's Office decided that the allegations were unsubstantiated.

A district spokesperson said Monday there was not enough evidence to support the allegation, despite a similar allegation against Spaeth from last year. GRPS declined to comment further.

"It's a lot of anger, a lot of anger. A lot of frustration," the boy's mom Passionelle McBride told 24 Hour News 8 after learning of the decision.

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