UPDATE: Teacher Accused of Stomping on Student's Foot; Case Headed to Grand Jury

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 4/30/13 @ 11:25 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The case against a teacher charged with abusing an elementary student is headed to a grand jury.

Dwayne Russell, a teacher at Beale Elementary School, is accused of stomping on a student’s foot, saying he wished the student would cooperate during class.

When the student tried to get away, he said Russell ground his foot even harder into the floor.

During a preliminary hearing Tuesday, a judge found probable cause to move the case ahead.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/12/13 @ 11:20 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An elementary school teacher was arrested after a student said he allegedly stomped on his foot.

Dwayne Ray Russell, 35, of Letart, W.Va., turned himself at the West Virginia State Police Detachment in Mason County on Friday.

According to the criminal complaint, the 11-year-old student told troopers that Russell, a teacher at Beale Elementary School, stomped on his foot as he was preparing to leave music class Thursday and told him, "I wish you would cooperate with me in class."

The student also told State Police that Russell was "grinding" his foot into the floor and when he tried to pull his foot out Russell said, "No , you're staying right here."

The student's parents took the boy to the hospital to be checked out. According to the criminal complaint, the boy had a contusion to his foot, along with swelling and bruising.

Russell is charged with child abuse by a custodian causing injury, which is a felony.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com that Russell was arraigned in Mason County Friday afternoon and released on a $30,000 property bond.

Mason County Schools Superintendent Suzanne Dickens tells WSAZ.com that they cannot discuss personnel issues. She does say that anytime the district is confronted with allegations, they are taken seriously and they are thoroughly investigated to make sure the students are in a safe environment.

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