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Sherman Middle School

A substitute teacher fired last week at Sherman Middle School was removed from the classroom after using “inappropriate physical force” on a student, a Madison School District spokeswoman said Wednesday.

“No injuries were sustained,” spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said, but the sub will not be asked back. “The substitute is no longer employed with the district.”

The district previously would only publicly describe what happened at Sherman on Feb. 7 as an “incident” that took place during a Spanish class that day and involved the school’s substitute Spanish teacher. Calling it a “personnel issue,” Principal Kristin Foreman said details could not be shared broadly, while noting the “parents of students directly involved” already had been contacted.

“As soon as it was reported, we investigated immediately and are now taking follow-up action,” Foreman said in the email, which also noted the sub had been removed and would not be returning. “We will be working to cover the class with a qualified candidate as soon as possible.”

Then on Sunday, a little more about the incident was revealed in a blog post by Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, who compiles a daily recap of police calls in the city.

One call, labeled “child abuse,” noted officers were sent at 3:26 p.m. Saturday to contact the parents of a 12-year-old boy “who was slapped by a substitute teacher earlier this week at a local middle school on the North Side of Madison. Child Protective Services is plugged in and investigation continuing.”

Police records about the visit to the boy’s parents, who requested the contact, were not available Wednesday, according to police records custodian Lt. John Radovan. There was no police response to the actual incident, Radovan told the Wisconsin State Journal Wednesday.

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Karen Rivedal is the education beat reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.