Pasco teaching assistant arrested for abuse of student

Mug Shot: Alvaro Muente, 31

Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Fivay High School instructional assistant Thursday after he allegedly shoved a student to the floor.

Instructional Assistant Alvaro Muente, 31, admitted he became frustrated with a student, grabbed him with both hands and pushed him approximately 10 feet into a room. The force of the shove caused the student to hit a wall and fall to the floor.

Muente initially claimed he guided the student into the room, but later admitted to being frustrated and using too much force. Muente, who is charged with abuse of infirm, elderly or disabled adult, remains in the Land O’ Lakes Detention center with a $1,000 bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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