43-year-old Patrick Mitchell Nelson of 3rd Street N.E. in Hickory has been charged with charged with one misdemeanor count of assault on a child under 12 years old. Nelson is the principal at Union Elementary School on Reepsville Road in Vale.
Nelson was charged in connection to an incident that occurred on November 27 at the school. On November 30, the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office received a report that a student at Union Elementary had been assaulted by the principal.
During the investigation, Detectives learned that Nelson was addressing behavioral concerns with the student when the student fled from the principal’s office into a hallway. At that point, Nelson allegedly grabbed the student by the back of the shirt collar, causing the student to fall to the floor. The student was then dragged back into the office through a doorway.
Nelson was taken before a Lincoln County Magistrate yesterday and given a $500 unsecured bond. He will appear in District Court on January 4.