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After not facing charges for misconduct, Whitehorse Middle School principal resigns

The Whitehorse Middle School principal resigns nearly two weeks after not being charged for allegedly attacking a student in February. 

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The Whitehorse Middle School principal resigns nearly two weeks after not being charged for allegedly attacking a student in February.

The Whitehorse Middle School positive behavior support coach and acting principal who was accused of pushing an 11-year-old female student and pulling her braids out after an altercation in class resigned Friday. 

Rob Mueller-Owens, who was cleared of charges after the Madison Police Department did not find “probable cause for an arrest” last week, will not return to the Madison Metropolitan School District. He was placed on administrative leave after the incident, pending an administrative review following the conclusion of the criminal case. 

In his separation agreement with MMSD, Mueller-Owens will receive a salary and benefits through the rest of the current academic year. 

The agreement also includes a mutual non-disparagement clause, which states that school employees and district staff may not “make any statements or otherwise take any action intended or that may reasonably be expected impair the goodwill, reputation, or good name” of either party. 

The board held a closed session with the district to discuss his separation agreement Thursday.

"It is our responsibility to support our students of color and to create the environments that all of our students deserve,” the Madison School Board said in a statement. "We are committed to this work in our role as board decision makers and as representatives of our community.” 

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