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Boy forced to unclog toilet with hands

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EAGAN, Minn. - An Eagan elementary school principal could be disciplined for allegedly forcing a 6-year-old boy to unclog a toilet with his bare hands.

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Doug Steele, principal of Rahn Elementary, has been on paid leave since mid-December while the school district investigated a complaint from the boy's parents. The school board proposed disciplinary action on Thursday. The nature of the discipline wasn't made public.

Elijah and Shannon Hannah claim their 6-year-old son told them Steele made him clean out a toilet bowl that the boy had accidentally clogged on Dec. 12. The boy told his parents he wiped himself with paper towels, instead of toilet paper, causing the clog.

Steele declined to respond to the claims Thursday. He also didn't say what disciplinary action was proposed and whether he'd appeal.

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