Court records show a woman who worked at a Princeton school was charged with assault following an investigation in which she was furloughed.
According to court documents, Kimberly Neubauer, 62, was charged with third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm.
Charges were filed on Tuesday, but Neubauer’s first court appearance is currently scheduled for September 20.
According to a criminal complaint, police were notified of an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Education on March 29 into an incident involving a child under 13.
The complaint says the child was injured when a teacher – identified as Neubauer – threw a hockey stick at the child at Princeton Elementary School.
Nearly a month later, police were able to watch surveillance video for the first time and saw the child throwing a hockey stick into a pile. After he landed, the complaint states that Neubauer picked up the stick and threw it forcefully back at the child, where he struck the child in the mouth.
Documents indicate that the child lost a baby tooth and was brought to the school nurse.
According to the complaint, the child was taken to a dentist on March 29. Dental records show the tooth was ‘completely knocked out with no root stub remaining’ and there was bruising in the area of the injury, as well as pain when the lower teeth were cut. sunk.
The Princeton School District released a statement on its website, saying in part that it placed Neubauer on administrative leave while it investigates the allegations against her. The statement goes on to say that the district placed Neubauer on unpaid leave on April 8 for the remainder of the school year and that his employment with the district ended on June 3, 2022. You can read the full statement below. .
If convicted, Neubauer faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.
Student safety is the top priority of the Princeton Public School District. When the district receives a complaint related to student safety, we immediately investigate and take appropriate action to address any well-founded concerns. In the rare situation where a staff member’s conduct creates or contributes to a dangerous situation, the District may take steps to terminate the employment relationship. In addition, the district would file a report with the Minnesota Department of Education and report to law enforcement.
The district received questions about its response to a particular incident. Although data privacy laws prohibit the district from sharing details of the incident, we can safely say that allegations have been made against teacher Kim Neubauer. The district has placed Ms. Neubauer on administrative leave while it investigates the allegations. After completing its investigation, the District acted quickly and decisively. As of April 8, 2022, Ms. Neubauer has been placed on unpaid leave for the remainder of the school year. Additionally, Ms. Neubauer’s employment with the District ended on June 3, 2022. Accordingly, Ms. Neubauer is no longer an employee of the District.
We love our students and work tirelessly to protect and support them. We welcome and value parent feedback and recognize that together we are stronger and better equipped to respond to any safety issues that may arise.
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