Mason County principal indicted on child abuse charge
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- A former Mason County principal accused of dragging a special-needs boy from a school bus seat and onto the pavement was indicted on child abuse charges Wednesday.
Former Point Pleasant Intermediate School principal Cameron C. Moffett, 46, was indicted by a Mason County Grand Jury on one county of child abuse creating risk of injury.
A criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court states Moffett "pushed and shoved" an 11-year-old boy out the door on March 21, 2012. Once outside Moffett held the boy "to the ground with his hand and knee to his back."
Bus security cameras recorded Moffett ordering all children seated in front of the boy off the bus.
After the boy walked to a seat near the front, he sat down and refused to leave the bus. The video shows Moffett grabbing him from the seat and forcing him into the aisle, then rolling him down the bus steps.
The boy can be heard screaming "I'm sorry" during the incident.
It's not clear if Moffett is still employed by the Mason County Board of Education. He was removed as principal following the incident.