ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW)— The Onalaska Middle School band teacher is facing five felonies and 2 misdemeanors after a domestic incident in Winona.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Winona County, on March 19, 2013, 48-year-old Sandra Kauphusman threatened a man with a knife and a wooden plank. The complaint states that the alleged victim recorded the entire incident with a camera on a cell phone.
The complaint then states that as the man tried to leave the residence, Kauphusman began pulling his hair, pulling at his clothes and scratching his face.
Kauphusman faces charges of assault in the second degree, stalking, terroristic threats and domestic assault. According to Winona's District Attorney office she has received a summons to appear in court on May 30 in Winona.
Onalaska Superintendent Fran Finco told News 19 he was made aware of the charges Tuesday morning and the district will conduct an investigation. Finco said Kauphusman is still teaching.
"We are obligated to protect our employees and protect our students, and we're going to act in their best interest," Finco said. "We want to make sure things are fair to her but we also want to continue to uphold the highest standards of safety for staff and students."
Finco said there will be a formal notification of the incident sent out to parents. However he said when that occurs will depend on the district's investigation.
Tuesday evening, the School district released the following statement:
Administrative Assistant to Superintendent/Board of Education
School District of Onalaska
1821 East Main Street
Onalaska, WI 54650
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