A Virginia math teacher was charged and convicted with assault and battery for writing the word “focus” on a middle school student’s forehead with a dry erase marker, a local news station reported.
Daniel Board, 46, was charged following the incident in September of last year. He resigned shortly after.
Board claimed he was trying to playfully correct his student for being inattentive and disruptive in class. He had worked in Virginia school systems for 10 years.
The student who was marked by Board, however, had ADHD, and said he was humiliated during the occurrence. Board also told another student to hit him every time Board disapproved of something he said.
"We are no longer at Landstown Middle School," said the boy's father after the verdict, reported a local outlet. "You know how children can be. Sometimes things that happen early on in life they will tease you about through the years.”
Board faces up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.