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Birthday spankings case against ex-Iowa principal dropped

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MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) - An administrative law judge has dismissed allegations against a former Iowa principal who used a padded hockey stick to administer mild birthday spankings to students.

Judge Robert Wheeler earlier this month dismissed the charges facing Terry Eisenbarth. The charges were physical abuse, failure to protect students' health and safety and exposing students to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.

He'd resigned in June after the tumult over his actions as principal of Washington Elementary School in Mount Vernon. Eisenbarth acknowledged the spankings in a letter to parents and provided a photo of the padded stick.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office determined that no children were traumatized by the "whappings" and that no crimes had occurred.

The judge's decision can be appealed to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.


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