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Substitute Teacher Makes First Appearance After Being Charged With Assaulting Students

Substitute teacher 46-year-old Matthew Deryan made his first appearance in court Friday. Deryan was ordered not to go anywhere near Trent Elementary School or consume any alcohol. Substitute teacher 46-year-old Matthew Deryan made his first appearance in court Friday. Deryan was ordered not to go anywhere near Trent Elementary School or consume any alcohol.
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Substitute teacher, 46-year-old Matthew Deryan made his first appearance in court Friday. Deryan was ordered not to go anywhere near Trent Elementary School or consume any alcohol.

KHQ discovered that Deryan was arrested less than three weeks ago in Kootenai County for driving under the influence and many say alcohol was a factor in Thursday’s incident at the elementary school. We spoke to a student who was in the class and his mom about what happened.

"I came home and he was laying on the couch crying," said the mom of a sixth grade student who was in the class at the time of the incident. "I asked him what was wrong, and he said his substitute teacher had grabbed him and shoved him up against the wall."

“I went to go open the door and he didn't let me and then he blocked me,” said the sixth grade student. “That's when he squeezed my arm and threw me up against the door.”

The mom and student asked not to be identified. However, the mom told KHQ she took her son to the emergency room after the incident and that he has soft tissue damage on his right arm and a concussion.

Friday at the elementary school, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies and extra counselors were available to speak with parents and students.

John Glenewinkel, the East Valley School District Superintendent, says they are still interviewing students about what happened, but think there is a lot of exaggeration going on. However, right now they are taking the exaggerations very seriously.

In court documents it says one student told deputies that Deryan hit him on the arm and called him names, another student says Deryan squeezed his left arm and threw him into a classroom door, and others say he would not let them leave the classroom.

The school district says Deryan passed a background check and other screening processes. However, the superintendent told us what is being done to screen teachers is not enough.

”Unfortunately, it is done when people change employment or enter into new districts and that is a statewide provision and so the frequency of background checks appears to be a flaw in our system,” Superintendent John Glenewinkel said.

The superintendent also says he will make sure Deryan's teaching license is revoked.

Deryan is charged with two counts unlawful imprisonment and four counts 4th degree assault. The judge set his bail at $20,000 Friday, so he would have to make bail to be released from the Spokane County Jail. He is scheduled to be in court again at the end of the month.

In court documents, Deryan denies all the allegations against him and claims the students made it all up because they were upset about getting in trouble in another class. In court prosecutors said they believe Deryan abused his power as a substitute teacher.


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