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Mason police say principal arrested after boy, 11, pulled off bus by the neck

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Mason County principal was arrested Friday after police said he pulled an 11-year-old boy off a school bus by the neck and held him face first on the sidewalk.

Cameron C. Moffett, principal of Point Pleasant Intermediate School, was charged with child abuse following a March 21 incident, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Moffett grabbed Zachary S. Plants, 11, with both hands around the boy's neck and jerked him out of his school bus seat. Moffett forced Plants to the floor and then pushed and shoved him down the aisle and out the door, the criminal complaint said.

Moffett allegedly then got on top of Plants and held him face first on the sidewalk with his hands and knees.

Point Pleasant Police Capt. Joe Veith issued a warrant for Moffett's arrest after interviewing witnesses, reviewing surveillance footage and observing Plant's injuries. The boy suffered cuts to his face, the criminal complaint said.

Suzanne Dickens, superintendent of Mason County Schools, said she could not comment on the matter because it is a personnel issue.

However, she said there is an internal review into the matter being conducted and Moffett remains in his position as principal.

Moffett turned himself into police Friday and he was arraigned in Mason County Magistrate Court and released on a $20,000 property bond.


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