FARGO — A Fargo Public Schools teacher accused of hitting a student at an elementary school has been placed on administrative leave, according to a statement from the district.

A complaint claims that on Tuesday, Nov. 12, an altercation between a teacher and a student in Centennial Elementary School's Early Childhood Special Education program led to the teacher hitting the student on the shoulder, according to Executive Assistant to the Superintendent AnnMarie Campbell.

The teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave while the school investigates the alleged incident, according to the statement. They also say the Fargo Police Department is aware of the situation and is reviewing the allegation.

Campbell declined to release the name of the teacher, citing a North Dakota law exempting public entities from releasing information about alleged employee misconduct until internal investigations are complete.

Fargo Public Schools expects its investigation to be finished by the middle of next week.