A high school principal in south-central Iowa is back at work today after allegedly assaulting a student earlier this month. John Monroe Junior was placed on paid leave by Indianola School District officials on September 9th.
He’s accused of grabbing a student by the hair and holding him up against a fence. The incident happened at a home football game on September 4th. Indianola Superintendent Mike Teigland issued a press release saying the incident has been thoroughly reviewed and Monroe is back at work as of this morning.
When contacted by phone, Teigland declined to comment any further. Indianola Police charged Monroe on September 14th with assault without injury, a simple misdemeanor. The 63-year-old Monroe pleaded not guilty to the charge this morning. A trial date has not been set.