Prairie du Chien (WXOW) – Jurors in Crawford County have found a school principal not guilty of felony reckless child abuse against one of his students.
With deliberations taking only a matter of minutes, jurors returned the not guilty verdict against Aaron Amundson, 43.
The trial ended Thursday morning following testimony from Amundson and closing arguments.
Amundson sat quietly at the defense table as the verdict was read. A large cheer went up from the courtroom crowd in reaction to the decision.
Amundson was facing one charge of felony reckless child abuse. The Prairie du Chien principal was accused of using chemical cleaner to remove profanity written on a student’s hand. That cleaner caused a chemical burn that sent the child to the hospital.
Even Amundson’s attorney admitted that his client used the gum remover to remove a profanity written in permanent marker from a 14-year-old student’s hand at the end of March.
"He will tell you that looking back on what happened, it was stupid and he shouldn’t have done it," said Corey Chirafisi, Amundson’s Attorney. "But at the end of the day, what it was was a mistake."