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The Glendive principal suspended last week is back on the job and cleared of wrongdoing following an investigation into a confrontation he had with a student.

The investigation found that Dawson County High School Principal Bruce Clausen "used reasonable force to physically restrain" a student who had become "belligerent, verbally abusive and out of control," said Superintendent Jim Germann.

Last Wednesday after classes had let out, Clausen confronted a freshman who had not been following instructions and restrained him against a wall.

Germann said the investigation showed that Clausen's move was justified, saying he used "reasonable force to physically restrain the student to quell a disturbance and for self protection."

The actions by Clausen and the freshman will go on each person's permanent records, Germann said.

"Clausen has been an administrator with the school district for 18 years and has indicated that he is pleased to be able to return to work and put the matter behind him," said Rich Batterman, Clausen's attorney.

Contact Rob Rogers at rrogers@billingsgazette.com or 657-1231.

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