MADISON, Wis. - Madison Metropolitan School District has put one of their teachers on leave after a student said he pushed her and tore out three of her braids last Wednesday.
The student’s mother, Mikiea Price, said her daughter has been unable to return to school because she is traumatized.
“Just the whole experience is just traumatic and devastating and just confusing,” Price said. “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.”
A Madison teacher is on leave after a student said he pushed her and pulled out three of her braids (In the photo you can see where those used to be). I spoke with her mom today, who said her daughter is still traumatized and has not been able to return to school. #News3Now pic.twitter.com/iASs6UtZt8— Amy Reid (@amyreidreports) February 21, 2019
Last week, Price got a phone call from her daughter, saying she had been jumped by her teacher.
When Price got to the school, her daughter was crying and holding three braids she said had been ripped from her head.
Her daughter said this started after she and another classmate sprayed too much perfume in class, and that grew into acting principal Rob Mueller-Owens being called to handle her.
What happens next is unclear, but surveillance video from the hall outside class shows what comes later, though until the investigation is over, that video won't be released.
Price saw that video, and she called her pastor, Marcus Allen, to watch with her.
“A big tall man and an 11-year-old girl being pushed from one classroom to the other side of the hallway and then falling on top of her,” Allen said of the video. “It's a very disturbing sight to see.”
Madison Metropolitan School District has put Mueller-Owens on leave following this and said he will not return to Whitehorse Middle School, where Price’s daughter goes to school.
"As a District we take any situation of this nature very seriously,” the district wrote in a statement. “All of our students need to be safe and supported in school, and we have a thorough investigation process and protocol that we follow."
The district also said it needs to wait for the investigation to be over to determine next steps for Mueller-Owens.
Currently he works for the district as a positive behavior support coach, even traveling to the White House with the superintendent to become an expert on restorative discipline practices.
Price, who is a substitute teacher in the district, said that just makes it worse.
“That's the devastating part about it,” Price said. “That's the disgusting part about it. To have that much education and that much training and that much knowledge, to be certified with kids and not follow protocol, I think that's the part that hurt me the most and disappointed me the most.”
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