VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Landstown Middle School math teacher is charged with simple assault for a reported incident at the school.
Daniel Board, 46, was arrested on Monday, after he allegedly assaulted an eighth grade student on Sept. 18.
According to court documents, Board became upset by questions the child was asking. He allegedly felt that the boy wasn’t paying attention. The document notes that Board grabbed the student by the back of his head and wrote “focus” on the student’s forehead. Board allegedly didn’t let the student wipe the message off until he completed his work, the criminal complaint says.
The student was not injured, according to police. School officials said that Board submitted his resignation on Thursday.
At the end of the school day, parents told 10 On Your Side that they had not been informed of the criminal investigation. They were concerned over the allegations.
“I think that’s awful,” said Fern Bass. “As a school teacher myself, the thought of that is very disturbing to me.”
“It bothers me tremendously,” Paullette Diaz-Reed said.
10 On Your Side went to Board’s home for comment, but no one answered the door. A neighbor, however, came to his defense.
“He’s a good teacher. He has a good sense of humor and I think that’s probably the method he uses in engaging the students,” said Michele Cates.
It’s a method that worked for Cates’ son, who had been tutored by Board in the past. She can’t believe that the defendant would ever purposefully hurt or embarrass a child.
“Probably in hindsight, there may have been a different way of handling it, but I believe that Dan wouldn’t have intentionally done that to [the student],” she said. “He was probably just trying to get a laugh or something out of the class.”
According to Lauren Nolasco with Virginia Beach Public Schools, Board just started teaching at the school this year. She said he was removed from the classroom as soon as the school heard about the incident and was put on unpaid administrative leave before he resigned.
Parents told 10 On Your Side that the allegations do not reflect the school.
“While I would say again that the teacher was wrong, and there is nothing to justify him putting hands on a student, I cannot in good conscience vilify all teachers,” said Diaz-Reed. “I think they have a great leadership here as well.”
Virginia Beach Police said Board was released on a summons.
Stay with WAVY for updates on this developing story.