Amundson moves to trial, reinstated as ‘fully active’ in school district

The Bluff View Intermediate School principal in Prairie du Chien facing trial for felony child abuse has been cleared to return to work.

The school district announced in a statement on Tuesday that Aaron Amundson, 43, can go back to work while the case makes its way through the court system.

Prairie du Chien School District placed Amundson on paid administrative leave when he was arrested in March.

He pleaded not guilty to one count of felony child abuse, recklessly causing harm in an arraignment hearing on Tuesday afternoon.

Amundson is accused of using a chemical cleaner to remove a profanity written on a student’s hand. That chemical was gum remover that included dry ice and caused a chemical burn, sending the boy to the hospital.

READ MORE: Prairie du Chien principal charged with child abuse

Despite the legal charges still pending, District Administrator Robert Smudde issued a statement that Amundson will return to "full active status" as principal of Bluff View Intermediate School. Smudde writes, "As we continue to monitor the ongoing case, it is the position of the district that throughout this process, all agencies involved have stated that Mr. Amundson does not represent a danger to children, that in fact, this incident was an error in judgement without intent to harm. If the facts of this case change, the District will adjust its actions to reflect the findings of fact in this endeavor."

A jury status hearing will be held on Monday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Trial is set for August 21 through August 24.



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