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Washington Irving Middle School Assistant Principal Arrested for Child Abuse

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Courtesy: Harrison County BOE Website Courtesy: Harrison County BOE Website

The assistant principal at Washington Irving Middle School in Harrison County has been arrested on a child abuse charge.

Clarksburg Police arrested Brian Scott Hage, 40, of Grafton and charged him with child abuse or neglect creating risk of injury.

On Monday, February 25 at approximately 12:47 p.m., Hage entered into a verbal argument with a juvenile male student at Washington Irving Middle School, according to the criminal complaint.

During the verbal argument, Hage grabbed the juvenile's left arm while the juvenile was sitting at a table in the school's cafeteria. According to the criminal complaint, Hage then attempted to remove the juvenile from the table by his arm.

After raising the juvenile from the table, Hage caused the juvenile to fall into an adjacent table, and then took the juvenile to the ground and held him there, before placing him back at the original table where the juvenile was sitting, according to the criminal complaint.

This incident was captured by video surveillance footage at the school, according to the criminal complaint.

Police said the juvenile suffered an abrasion to his right eye as well as redness and a small abrasion to his left shoulder. The juvenile also told police that he suffered a knot to the left side of his forehead.

Hage has been an employee at the school for six to eight years, according to Harrison County Schools superintendent Susan Collins

Hage has been suspended with pay until the investigation is over, according to Collins.