Police calling Matoaca teacher's accused assault an accident
Source: Michael Harrah
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -
More details are arising in the case of a Chesterfield middle school
student that filed assault charges against his band teacher.
The Matoaca Middle School teacher, "inadvertently touched the boy's
face," according to a police captain, to get him to pay attention in
Matoaca Middle School Band Director Michael Harrah has been
suspended from the band, and off the job, all over an incident that police
say happened by accident.
Chesterfield Captain Jerry Netherland told the Richmond Times-Dispatch
that Harrah accidentally touched an 11-year-old student's face, when the
boy talked back in class.
Chesterfield schools released this statement, saying "this is a very
serious charge and the employee was removed from the school over two weeks ago.
The employee will not return to the school pending the disposition of the
charge and the administrative process."
This is a misdemeanor assault charge, and Harrah will be in court February
We're also hearing from police that the 11-year-old wasn't listening to
Police have discretion over whether to continue with the assault charge, and
at this point, the band director's lawyer doesn't want to comment.