Wisconsin Teacher Placed on Administrative Leave For Allegedly Tearing Braids from 11-Year-Old Girl's Hair

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Whitehorse Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin. The Madison Metropolitan School District has placed an administrator on leave after he allegedly pushed an 11-year-old student and tore three braids out of her hair. Google Maps/Screenshot

A teacher from Wisconsin was placed on administrative leave after he allegedly pushed an 11-year-old student and ripped out three of her braids.

Mikiea Price told WISC-TV that her daughter has been traumatized and is afraid to go back to school after acting principal and positive behavior support coach Rob Mueller-Owens reportedly assaulted her at Whitehorse Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin.

"Just the whole experience is just traumatic and devastating and just confusing," Price told the news station. "I'm just disgusted at this whole incident. You know I send my kid to school to learn, and that's a place where mothers send their kids to be comfortable in. I just feel violated in so many ways that … this even happened to her."

Price told WISC-TV she received a call from her daughter on February 13 and when she arrived, she was holding her three braids that were torn out of her head. The 11-year-old student and another one of her classmates reportedly sprayed too much perfume in the classroom when Mueller-Owens was called to intervene, Madison365 reported. The mother told the news site that her daughter was not listening to Mueller-Owen's directions and was pushed and punched while heading to the door.

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Whitehorse Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin. The Madison Metropolitan School District has placed an administrator on leave after he allegedly pushed an 11-year-old student and tore three braids out of her hair. Google Maps/Screenshot

"When he came in, he asked (my daughter) to step out and she didn't listen, and didn't step out and as he walked toward her, she said she went toward the window and just wasn't following direction, and he told her in front of the whole class, to the teacher, 'Take the class somewhere else,'" Price told Madison365. "And (my daughter) said, 'No, that's fine. They can stay, I'll go.' And as she was heading out, she said he pushed (her) with two hands trying to push her out the classroom, and she turned around and said, 'Don't put your hands on me.' And he pushed her again … and she said he started punching her."

Price filed a police report following the incident and the Madison Police Department told The Cap Times that they are still investigating the matter.

"It's still being investigated and we are trying to sort out what happened," police department spokesman Joel DeSpain told the publication. "We know there is a parent involved who is making a lot of claims as to what transpired, and we of course are checking out those claims and any other facts that we can glean so we can come to a conclusion."

Newsweek has reached out to the Madison Metropolitan School District for comment on the incident but did not hear back in time for publication. In a statement to WISC-TV, the district said that all students enrolled in the district are safe.

"As a District we take any situation of this nature very seriously," the district wrote in a statement to the news station. "All of our students need to be safe and supported in school, and we have a thorough investigation process and protocol that we follow."

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