Rock Hill A third grade teacher arrested last month for allegedly assaulting a student has resigned, according to Rock Hill school officials.
Daniel Johns, 35, resigned from his position at Rosewood Elementary on April 18, officials said. The school board approved his resignation on Monday.
Johns was charged with third-degree assault and battery after a 9-year-old Rosewood student said he had grabbed her and bruised her arm. Johns turned himself into police the following day, on March 28.
He had been the hall monitor that day, watching over children who arrived to school early and were instructed to quietly read books or do their homework while they waited for the school bell to ring, school district officials said.
The girl had not been doing what she was told, Rock Hill schools spokeswoman Elaine Baker said, so Johns took her into a classroom to speak with her before he returned her to her peers.
According to an arrest warrant, Johns used “such pressure and force” that it caused bruising on the child’s upper left arm. She did not require immediate medical attention.
After his arrest, Johns was placed on administrative leave with pay.
Earlier this month, Johns told a municipal judge that he has applied for pretrial intervention. The program allows first-time offenders to have charges against them expunged if they successfully complete counseling, community service work or make restitution.
Johns taught at Rosewood Elementary for more than a decade.
In 2006, he was at the center of another police investigation after a student’s mother complained that Johns instructed his second-grade class to walk on her son’s feet as punishment.
Charges were never filed against Johns, who told police and the school district that he never meant to harm the child but only teach him a lesson about his own bullying behavior.
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