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District investigating charges against teacher

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- An Onalaska Middle School band teacher is facing five felonies and two misdemeanors after a domestic incident in Winona.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Winona County in March 19, 48-year-old Sandra Kauphusman threatened a man with a knife and a wooden plank. The complaint states the man recorded the incident with a camera on a cell phone.

Kauphusman was placed on administrative leave yesterday, after the district learned of the pending charges. The Onalaska district said in a statement they are conduction their own investigation.

Attorney Cheryl Gill, who's not affiliated with the case, says that investigation likely includes reviewing police reports, and if she's willing, talking to Kauphusman.

Within the district, a teacher can be disciplined or terminated for 'cause,' so the terminology leaves a lot of leeway for district officials according to Gill.

"There's going to be two questions: was there immoral conduct? Did it affect the health, safety, welfare, education of the students? And some of that is a judgment call," Gill said.

The district statement said Kauphusman was put on leave in order to be fair to her, and to uphold the highest standards of safety to staff and students.

Kauphusman has not been formally charged. Her first court appearance is scheduled for May 30.

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