EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPRINCIPAL ABUSE
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New Video Shows What Lead Up To Alleged School Abuse
Reported by: Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Reported: Apr. 16, 2012 6:47 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 26, 2012 10:18 AM EDT
Pt. Pleasant , Mason County , West Virginia
An alleged act of abuse by a principal caught on tape, and we're learning more information about what led up to the incident
From the school bus surveillance video you can see it was a chaotic time, trying to get all of the students from Pt. Pleasant Intermediate School seated so they could go on a field trip. That's when 11-year-old Zach Plants is spotted being pushed into the aisle.
On the video the bus driver says to the teacher, "You've got one in the floor back there that they pushed out. Right there." The teacher responds by yelling Zach's name and asking him what is wrong.
The teacher then asks Zach to move to the front, but he refuses. The teacher and the driver both go to the back and ask him to move to the front. The principal is then called in to deal with the situation.
"Somebody went to get the principal, but the guy that's on the edge didn't do it, they pushed him in the floor," the bus driver says.
About two minutes later, the Cameron Moffett arrives on the bus. He yells to the back of the bus telling Zach to come to the front. Zach again refuses and the principal goes to the back of the bus.
The principal then asks the teacher to get the kids in the front section of the bus off. The kids rush off and Zach remains on the floor.
Zach eventually walks to the front and sits down but that's when he's told to get off the bus by the principal. When Zach refuses that is when Mr. Moffett grabs Zach and physically removes him, rolling him down the aisle and down the bus stairs. Moffett was charged with felony child abuse following the incident.
Zach's parents have also filed a civil lawsuit. Their attorney says Zach has a learning disability that is classified as a behavior disorder.
We talked to the principal's attorney who says he legally can't go into the details of the case.
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