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Published September 28 2011

Former Breckenridge principal accused of assaulting student

FLOODWOOD, Minn. – A former Breckenridge principal is accused of assaulting a student here.

According to Northland’s NewsCenter, a television station in Duluth, Principal Daniel Bettin was put on administrative leave after the incident but district Superintendent Phil Johnson did not confirm an assault.

Floodwood is about 45 miles west of Duluth.

A Floodwood family told the Northland’s NewsCenter that an 11-year-old boy was assaulted in the school’s lunchroom by the principal. The family member claims Bettin came up behind the boy, grabbed him by the neck and shoved his face to the table, resulting in some bruising and a scratch on the child’s neck, according to Northland’s NewsCenter.

They say the altercation occurred after the boy flicked his rice in the lunchroom.

Bettin worked as a principal at the Breckenridge high school from 2001 to 2010.

Breckenridge school administration says there is no record of any disciplinary action taken against Bettin during his employment there.