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Lisa Van Der Heiden

State appeals court: No violation by Willmar special ed teacher

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WILLMAR -- In a split ruling, the Minnesota Court of Appeals says that a special education teacher from Willmar did not violate maltreatment rules when she took a child to a time-out room rather than to the bathroom.

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The child wet her pants in the time-out room.

A three-judge panel said that the Minnesota Department of Education did not adequately explain its finding that teacher Lisa Van Der Heiden had committed maltreatment by not taking the child to the restroom.

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