Whitehorse Middle School principal out on "medical leave"

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- The principal at Whitehorse Middle School in Madison will be out on medical leave for the rest of the school year, the school district said in an email to parents.

Principal Christina Natalello sent the letter to families on April 8. In the letter, she said "although this was a difficult decision, it is best for me to prioritize my health at this time." Her leave became effective that same day.

Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham also sent out a letter to Whitehorse families saying Amy Wederath, a former principal, teacher and district administrator will take over as interim principal for the rest of the year.

"She has spent time with the Whitehorse team and will be an excellent leader for the school," Cheatham said.

Back in February, Whitehorse Middle School was at the center of a controversy when a parent alleged that a teacher physically assaulted her child. Madison Police were called to the school on Feb. 13 for the incident.

According to the report, a classroom teacher called the school office for support after the student did not comply with orders to sit in her seat. A special education assistant arrived and tried to get the student to leave the classroom and the student wouldn't leave.

The incident launched an investigation by the Madison Police Department. In March Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced the teacher would not face criminal charges. The teacher eventually resigned.