A Wisconsin teacher is administrative leave while undergoing investigation.
Police are investigating Wisconsin teacher Rob Mueller-Owens for allegations that he attacked a black girl, ripped braids out of her hair, and slammed her into a locker.
Pastor Marcus Allen spoke on behalf of the girl’s family, and spoke to Yahoo Lifestyle news about the incident.
Mikiea Price, the mother of the child, filed a police report with the Madison Police Department in Wisconsin after hearing from her daughter who attends Whitehorse Middle School, about the incident that transpired on February 13, according to WISC-TV.
Pastor Marcus Allen told reporters:
“I am told that the girl and her friend had sprayed perfume on themselves in the bathroom and the scent was bothering the teacher’s allergies. 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.”
He continued to tell the outlet,
“He stayed on top of her for 10 or 15 seconds, I don’t know how the girl’s braids were pulled out but she has two bald spots on her head.”
It’s reported that the girl has multiple injuries. According to the girl’s mother, 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 school district released a statement saying,
As a District, we take any situation of this nature very seriously. All of our students need to be safe and supported in school, and we have a thorough investigation process and protocol that we follow. While we cannot talk about the details of a specific student or personnel situation, it is our responsibility to consider all of the facts of the situation and determine the right next steps.
The school continued by saying that the teacher is on leave, and based on that investigation and what police find, the teacher will be fired.
The staff person was put on leave while the situation was investigated. Based on that investigation, the staff person will not return to Whitehorse Middle School, and we are determining next steps. In addition, our team is coming together to create a full support plan to ensure that students is safe and fully supported at school.
The mother of the child, Mikiea Price, gave a statement to WISC-TV saying:
“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.”