POINT PLEASANT — On Tuesday evening, the Mason County School Board met for a regular business meeting which was filled to capacity with staff and faculty from Point Pleasant Intermediate School (PPIS) in an apparent show of solidarity and support for Principal Cameron Moffett, who was arrested earlier this week.
As soon at the meeting began, the board adjourned into executive session, by request of the PPIS staff, to discuss personnel matters, followed by a return to open session and the approval of several unrelated agenda items.
Board members later adjourned into another executive session to discuss personnel matters and at this time Mason County Schools Superintendent Suzanne Dickens spoke exclusively with the Point Pleasant Register. Dickens stated Moffett’s employment as principal had not changed, except he currently is working at an off-school site. She was unable to make any further comment on the situation.
“I’ll be able to comment as soon as the legal review is complete,” Dickens said. Dickens also stated the Point Pleasant Register would be the first contacted when that time came.
As previously reported, Moffett was arrested by the Point Pleasant Police Department on a charge of felony child abuse, following an investigation which began from a complaint filed by a parent of a PPIS student.
Moffett is charged for allegedly entering a school bus on March 21, where he proceeded to grab an 11-year old male student from the bus seat he was in by his neck and shoulders, and forcing the student to the bus floor. Moffett then allegedly pushed the student down the bus aisle and out of the bus, and onto the sidewalk, where he allegedly held the student down to the ground with his hand and knee against the student’s back. According to the complaint, the student received a injury to his face as a result of Moffett’s actions.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on April 23, where Moffett will appear before Mason County Magistrate Gail Roush. At this hearing, it will be determined if there is probable cause for the case to continue into Mason County Circuit Court. Moffett had previously appeared before Roush to post a $20,000 bond for his release.
In addition to Dickens, board members attending the meeting were Michael Cottrill, Thomas Nunnery, Randy Searls, Dale Shobe, and Matthew Thompson.