Parents rally on behalf of teacher who allegedly dangled student from balcony

- One day after a teacher at a Mission District elementary school turned himself in to San Francisco police on child endangerment charges, parents rallied to call for his release. 

On Tuesday, 47-year-old Andres Tobar, a teacher at Marshall Elementary, surrendered to police and is being held without bail. 

Police say a school staff member spotted him holding a student over the second-floor balcony of the school at 1575 15th Street, back on December 19, 2017. 

The child was not harmed and many parents say they don't believe the charges against Tobar.

"There is an accusation going around that nobody has seen a video. There's no proof and we really want Mr. Tobar back," said Blanca Gutierrez. 

A rambunctious group gathered, chanted in protest and held signs at the rally. One of them said, "He is our favorite teacher."

Meanwhile, Tobar has been placed on administrative leave. 

The case is still under investigation. SFPD are asking anyone with more information to call their special victims unit. 

 

 

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