Rock Hill teacher resigns amid assault allegations

Rock Hill teacher resigns amid assault allegations

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 12:26 AM

ROCK HILL, S.C. --A Rock Hill teacher accused of assaulting a student will be looking for a new job.

Daniel Johns, 35, resigned from his position at Rosewood Elementary last week.

He's been on paid administrative leave since he was accused of grabbing a girl and bruising her arm back in March.  Police say the third-grader had bruises on her arm in the form of a hand and fingerprints from where Johns grabbed her and lifted her up to escort her into his classroom.

Rock Hill Police Captain Mark Bollinger with Rock Hill Police says Johns grabbed the girl after he counted to five and the girl still didn't respond.

"He counted, she didn't do it and so it's my understanding he reached down, she was sitting on the floor, he grabbed her real hard, got her up and escorted her to his classroom and apparently had a hold of her so hard and in such a manner that it left some pretty good bruising," Bollinger said.

It's not clear whether the third-degree assault and battery charge against him has been dropped.

A judge ordered Johns to attend a counseling and an education program to have the charges wiped from his record.

Daniel Johns, 35, a third-grade teacher at Rosewood Elementary School in Rock Hill, is accused of assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

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