A teacher who had just started working for the school system in Virginia Beach, Virginia, has resigned after he was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery of a student.
Daniel Board, a 46-year-old maths teacher, got upset with an eighth-grade student at Landstown Middle School “because of questions that he asked and not focusing in class” on Sept. 16, according to a criminal complaint filed on Monday.
Board grabbed the back of the boy’s head and wrote “focus” on his forehead, the criminal complaint stated. The boy was not allowed to wipe the word off his face until he completed his work, the document said.
The school system found out about the incident on Sept. 19 and began an investigation, said Eileen Cox, a district spokeswoman.
Board, who started working for the schools in August, was placed on unpaid administrative leave on Sept. 28, Cox said, and he submitted his resignation Thursday.
The school educates students from sixth to eighth grade.
Board’s first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 3 in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
The student’s family declined to comment.