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Teacher On Leave After Allegedly Pushing, Punching and Pulling Hair Out Of An 11-Yr-Old Black Girl

Rob Mueller-Owens, acting principal at Whitehorse Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin, has been placed on leave after allegedly attacking an 11-year-old student. Mueller-Owens reportedly tackled, pushed, and punched the child, as well as ripping three braids from her head. This alleged attack was caught on camera, which undoubtedly will help bring the child justice (or at the very least, clarity to this situation), as police and the school district are now investigating.

As first reported by WISC-TV, Mikiea Price filed a police report after her daughter told her about the incident, which happened on Feb. 13. Speaking to Madison 365, Price said that her daughter was “crying and her lip was cracked, bleeding and she handed me three of her braids that were pulled out from her scalp.” Price continued, ”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, who has worked as a substitute teacher for Whitehorse Middle School, alleges that no one gave her daughter medical care or called her about the incident.

Pastor Marcus Allen is acting as a spokesperson for the Price family and gave an interview to Yahoo Lifestyle on what allegedly occurred. Allen reports that he has seen the school video, which shows what happened in the hallway, but not in the classroom. He said, “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 stayed on top of her for 10 or 15 seconds.”

Where does the fall come into this? Allen tells Yahoo that, as seen on the video, the principal lost his balance and fell on top of the child after pushing her out of the classroom and into a row of lockers. At what point her braids were torn out is unclear. What is clear, however, is that the child is too afraid to go back to school.

The Madison Metropolitan School District released the following statement about the incident:

“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 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.”

As reported by Madison 365, Mueller-Owens is somehow the seventh educator to be accused of some pretty disturbing behavior at Madison schools in this academic year alone. Two substitutes and four teachers have been fired (or forced to resign) after using racial slurs in classes. A school bus driver was fired for hitting a black child. In the high school, a teacher resigned after using a racial slur in the classroom.

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Ron Mack February 21, 2019 at 5:37 pm

gonna MAKE AMERICA GREAT (WHITE) AGAIN. His lucky she is NOT my duaghter

Henry February 22, 2019 at 4:24 pm

If you knew this man at all you would know this was not about race. It is about how a teacher handled an unruly student PERIOD.

Not gonna say whether he was right or wrong, but do know he is amongst the least racist person I know.

Gale February 23, 2019 at 12:18 am

He has no right toput his hand on a child period. He pulled her hair out. If the a child attacked him you would be saying something different.

Clara February 23, 2019 at 10:22 am

Let me explain how this was racist: He would NOT have done it to a WHITE CHILD, especially a GIRL! Go take a nap or something to clear your head of your foolishness!

Henry February 27, 2019 at 12:13 pm


You ASSUME he would.have treated a white girl differently because you dont know the man and you are looking for racism.

I know the man. He has dedicated his career to helping others understand cultural diversity and has always stood up for and with the black community. This man is being incorrectly labeled and in doing so the black community may just isolate others that want to stand up and make a difference.

This man is closer to being a white apologist than he is a racist. While I dont know what happened that day I am 100% certain he did not treat that student any differently than he would have treated anyone else. Im also certain no punches were thrown.

You are choosing to believe an 11 year old with no respect for authority over a distinguished professional that has dedicated his life to helping minorities.

And if my 10 year old daughter refuses to listen to a teacher or principal when asked to leave a classroom, they have my permission to grab my daughter by the arm and escort her out of the classroom. How do you suggest an unruly student should be removed from a classroom?

The problem in this situation is obvious. The girl was obviously never taught to respect authority. She was never taught about being held accountable. She was taught how to flip the script and play the victim instead of taking responsibility.

It is not always about race, and this case is an excellent example.

Dee March 15, 2019 at 7:18 pm

What exactly is a “white apologist”? Anybody who thinks that a grown man two hand shoving an 11 year old girl is appropriate in any circumstance is as sick as he is! The very idea that black people need some kind of “white savior” to “stand up” or advocate for us is as racist as it is repugnant. I am more than positive that this man has encountered an unruly or recaltrant white student before. The fact that he was still working until he attacked an 11 year old black girl, it testimony to the fact he has not nor would he ever treat a white child in this fashion. This man attacked a little girl so viscously that another adult had to shield her from his wrath and you have the gall to attempt to justify this by a little girl saying no? This animal pulled her braids out from to root, because she didn’t “respect his authority” and you think that is okay? Disgusting!

Panther May 26, 2019 at 9:55 pm

I don’t care if you know him, he’s a vile disgusting coward and a bully.

No real man would violently attacking a girl but we see quite a lot of white men, attacking black girls, I use the word *Man* loosely when describing this pathetic piece of shit teacher

Eileen February 26, 2019 at 5:35 am

If this pig doesn’t get fired and do jail time for assaulting a child then justice will not have been served. Real tough guy, attacking and traumatizing an 11 year old child…unpardonable coward.

Henry February 27, 2019 at 12:15 pm

No one was attacked.

Quit believing everything the race baiting media tells you.

Earlie Clendion August 23, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Most racist have “like” minds and don’t think they’re racist. It’s call subtle White rage. You may not think he’s a racist but that doesn’t mean he’s not. Why else would a grown man attack an 11 year old child? Because he doesn’t see her worth or think of her as a child but as 3/5 human. That’s right, put it on the child. You people are always talking about how our children are not raised to respect authority but you never talk about these White mothers who are raising mass shooters who don’t respect life. You too, sir, are a racist!!

Kia February 21, 2019 at 7:11 pm

He’s on leave like police officers that kill unarmed black folk? That’s interesting because kids get suspenddd immediately when written up, but there has to be an investigation when teachers are the offenders. Interesting. My foot would be shoved all the way up his rass until Jesus returns and we know not the day.😒

Kim February 22, 2019 at 10:28 am

Why wasn’t that MONSTER arrested??!?!?!???!?!? These people are clearly out of control. Where does this type of rage stem from ….. how many other children has that bulldog assaulted and abused???!?! LOCK HIM UP!!!

Henry February 22, 2019 at 4:21 pm

Anybody think maybe the kid was out of control? i have never refused to do anything that my teacher or principal asked of me. And if i would have, the least of my worries would have been what would happen to me at school because it would have been 10x worse at home.

Gonna bet many of these accusations are way overblown. We gonna believe an 11 year old with no respect for authority over a professional.

This man is one of the mosr compassionate teachers I have ever known. We are on complwte opposite ends of the political spectrum, but i have no doubt he is a good man. He always sided with minorities and was na firm believer in white privilege, one of the many areas we did not see eye to eye on.

Jan McGhee February 22, 2019 at 6:23 pm

You are out of your fucked up mind. A 52 yo male, punched, hit and threw down an 11 yo girl. If it was your daughter you would have beat him down, I don’t care how mouthy, if that, she was, a man better not hit my daughter.

Henry February 22, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Not defending him or the girl. Fact is weve only heard 1 side of the story and it was from an unruly 11 year old. I know my 10 year old exaggerates.

None of us know what really happened. What I do know is this was not racially motivated.

If he did punch, hit, or throw down any student of any race, his career should be over and charges should be pressed, but this is not a race issue.

Henry February 22, 2019 at 6:45 pm

Instead of believing everything you read on every race baiting website do some research and et the facts come out.

Those that watched the video says he slipped and fell on top of the girl. No punching or hitting was observed on video.

Special Needs Momand teacher February 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

Exactly! He was the PROFESSIONAL ADULT. MORE & BETTER is expected. Where was his compassion, training and common sense during the ASSAULT? His actions revealed what lies beneath. He failed PERIOD. Rationalizing a violent act like this, against a child mind you, is indefensible and despicable! Shame on him and shame on you!

Dee March 15, 2019 at 7:23 pm

They. Have. A. Video. Plus another teacher who has to physically shield her from his attack. Yes I believe the 11 y.o., the video, and the other adult. This child was bleeding from the mouth, and had whole braids pulled out from the root and you think there was anything she could do that would justify a grown man leaving those kinds of injuries on her? If you do you are as sick as he is.

Henry February 22, 2019 at 3:52 pm

Dont knpw the facts, not defending Mr. Owens in anyway. I will say this, he has always stood up for minorities and in fact told me i was not aware of my white priviledge and that was a problem. In fact he removed me from his friends list.

His actions may very well have crossed the line, but I know for a fact, race had nothing to do with it in this case. While we often disagreed on politics, i know for a fact that this man does not have a racist bone in his body. He has always shown compassion for everyone and especially took up causes for minorities.

This is simply about how a teacher interacted with a student, and i know race was not a factor.

Clara February 23, 2019 at 10:58 am

Henry, why the heck are you so adamant in your denial? You are the same one who denies the reality of white privilege!

HINT: You are exercising it right now, talking over everybody, taking over the conversation with your own version of what happened, and generally acting like you are the smartest one in the room.


Henry February 27, 2019 at 12:20 pm

Blacks persecuting this man is the equivalent of someone shooting themself in the foot.

He is in your corner. He has been fighting for you. if you are determined to look for racism, look elsewhere, it aint here.

This man’s character is solid.

Sheneka May 25, 2019 at 8:41 pm

If his character is solid the bitch wouldn’t have done it. He would have called her parents miss me with that his character is solid bs

DanielShirou February 23, 2019 at 12:11 am

please arrest him, that scum make me feel disgusting

Jeff February 23, 2019 at 11:51 pm

It’s sad that people like this actually exist in our society. You can clearly see that this was more than insubordination. Any adult that cant control themselves shouldn’t be allowed around anyone’s children. Pulling hair out of her head was a “grave yard” move. The only reason why this teacher is still alive is because he picked the “right child” to bully. Sure today’s children are different but not so different to where we should abuse them. Just quit and find another job before you get yourself into “hot water”. We all have “free will”

Robin M May 25, 2019 at 9:25 am

You are just as ignorant as the.racist bastard attacking an 11year old female child at that.There is no excuse or nothing your dumb ass can say to sugar coat this vile act!

Sheneka May 25, 2019 at 8:38 pm

Ok like these bitches just really have me on a ledge n I’m ready to snap. Lord this is really pissing me off now I walk up to this old bitch n punch his ass then I’m wrong but he can get paid leave for beating up on a black child. Ok

Panther May 26, 2019 at 10:12 pm

Henry you are all over these mentions defending that COWARDLY piece of trash teacher.

You say the girl is “Unruly”?

How the f–k do you know she’s unruly?

You wrote that we don’t know all the facts but here you are judging the 11 year old girl and making excuses for that spineless cowardly piece of shit teacher.

You also wrote that your 10 year old is “Unruly” I hope your unruly child get’s thrown to the ground, punched and their hair pulled out by a black male school teacher.

Los May 27, 2019 at 2:38 pm

I would do his ass the same way. In that order

Arte Kelly June 1, 2019 at 10:24 am

Black people are always looking to these draconian laws that are in place to protect these terrorist. This is a case that needs to be dealt some street justice! Had it been my daughter his ass would’ve been in ICU with a wired jaw, 300 stitches and on life support! And I will take the charge . He would’ve been dealt the same treatment a lioness shows a predator, protecting her cubs.


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