Charges Against Band Teacher Accused Of Assault Dropped

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Chesterfield, VA—Charges against a Matoaca Middle School
band teacher accused of assaulting a student
were dropped Tuesday, and school
officials say he will return to the classroom.

Michael
Harrah was charged with assault after a January incident, in which he was
accused of inadvertently touching a student's face while trying to get him to
pay attention in class.

In
court on Wednesday, Judge Stuart Williams said he could not find any criminal
assault in the case.

Chesterfield
County Public Schools spokesperson Shawn Smith said the following after the
charges were dropped:

“The school
division will work directly with Mr. Harrah to complete the administrative
process and transition him back to the classroom.”

Last
week, a student-sparked petition to return Harrah to the classroom garnered
over 450 signatures.

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