NH principal reaches settlement on assault charge

Posted Jan. 25, 2012, at 9:33 p.m.

NEWPORT, N.H. — A New Hampshire principal who was suspended after he was accused of shaking a student will have his case dismissed if he remains on good behavior for a year.

Mark Christensen has been on paid leave from Newport Middle High School. He was arrested in November for simple assault, a misdemeanor.

The Valley News reports he must successfully complete counseling or sensitivity training if he wants to return to his job as principal, according to an agreement negotiated between police and his attorney.

The alleged simple assault involved a 16-year-old female student whose father is a teacher at the school. It allegedly happened during a September meeting with two teachers and another student about a local television production. Christensen was charged with grabbing and shaking the student.