Last week, an outraged mom said she got a phone call from her daughter saying she was attacked by a teacher who was the acting principal at the time.
Mikiea Price went to the 11-year-old’s school to see what was going on and found the girl crying and holding three braids that had been pulled from her head.
The middle schooler at Whitehorse Middle School claims a teacher ripped out her hair. Price told Madison365:
“[She was] crying and her lip was cracked, bleeding and she handed me three of her braids that were pulled out from her scalp.”
The young girl said the situation stemmed from getting in trouble for spraying fragrance in class — the teacher of the class was sensitive to the scent because of allergies.
A spokesperson for the family described the student’s account of the incident. Pastor Marcus Allen told Yahoo that Price’s daughter was asked to come into the hallway by acting principal Rob Mueller-Owens. Allen explained:
“The teacher asked who sprayed it and the class didn’t answer, so she asked [Mueller-Owens] to come in, and he targeted this one girl.”
The administrator was caught on security video pushing the student out of the class and threw the girl into a row of lockers — somehow he and the girl fell to the ground.
It’s unclear how the girl’s braids were pulled out, but she has two bald spots on her head.
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
Price told WISC-TV:
“Just the whole experience is just traumatic and devastating and just confusing.
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 says that her daughter is afraid to go back to school.
Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said the incident is still being investigated. DeSpain said:
“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.”
The district is planning to release the video to the public once the police investigation is completed. In the meantime, the accused administrator won’t return to the school.
The Madison Metropolitan School District said it takes a “situation of this nature very seriously.”
Mueller-Owens did not respond to Madison365’s request for comment.
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