Osh Kosh, Neb. — A judge is considering a verdict after the trial of a western Nebraska school superintendent accused of assaulting a student.
On Wednesday Judge Randin Roland heard testimony regarding the misdemeanor assault charge against Garden County Schools Superintendent Paula Sissel.
A prosecutor said Wednesday that Sissel had put her hands on the 8-year-old girl. A video of the Nov. 13 incident shows Sissel pulling the girl down a hallway before the girl’s placed in what was referred to as a “chill out room.” It’s alleged the girl suffered a rug burn on a shoulder.
Sissel acknowledged pulling the girl, in part to protect a physical therapist who was trying to deal with the girl’s outburst. The girl’s mother says the girl is possibly autistic and functions at the level of a 3- or 4-year-old child. A ruling is expected within two weeks.