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Nevis superintendent won’t be charged in altercation with student

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- Nevis Superintendent Steve Rassier will not face criminal charges after an altercation with a grade school student in February.

According to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes, Rassier admitted to slapping a student Feb. 26 at the school after the boy allegedly spit in his face.

The student “was kicking and spitting and had to be restrained,” the sheriff said in an interview last month.

The incident, according to police records, was called in at 2:49 p.m. When deputies arrived, the incident had blown over, Aukes said.

But at 4 p.m., “Rassier called in to say while restraining the student, the kid spit in his face and he slapped him,” Aukes said.

School officials immediately notified state Department of Education officials, which prompted an investigation by law enforcement.

The Nevis School Board handed down a brief suspension in March.

Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne, in response to media inquiries, issued the following statement: “After reviewing all the reports and statements I received, it is my decision not to issue any criminal charges. The Superintendent’s action was a spontaneous action as a result of being spit at in the face. There was not sufficient evidence to support any criminal charges.”

Rassier has declined to comment on the allegations multiple times.

He submitted his retirement notice this spring and will leave the district at the end of June.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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