GREENACRES, Fla. - A 41-year-old man was arrested yesterday after allegedly pulling a teacher's hair and slamming her head into a door at Heritage Elementary School while trying to pick up his stepson, according to a police report.
Michael Pierrel, of Greenacres, was arrested Tuesday by Palm Beach County School Board police on two counts of battery on a public or private education employee and one count of neglect child without great harm.
On May 14 a school district police sergeant was called to Heritage Elementary School on Melaleuca Lane to investigate a report of a battery on a teacher.
The victim, only identified in a school police probable cause affidavit as a female teacher, told police she was assisting with afternoon dismissal procedures when another teacher told her a parent was being rude to her.
The teacher volunteered to speak with the parent –– later identified as Pierrel –– about not having the proper decal displayed on his van.
Pierrel screamed and cursed at the teacher who told him that he has to follow the procedure set for all parents by parking his car and signing his child out of school.
The parent threatened to call police for "kidnapping" his child. The teacher told him she was going to walk away because he was being rude to her, and as she did, he picked up his 3-month-old baby and walked to the main office.
On his way, he screamed that his son should leave the building with him and struck the teacher with a baby carrier while the baby was in it, the report says.
The teacher said something like, "You just hit me!" He then put the baby carrier on the ground and grabbed the teacher by her left arm. He also grabbed her hair and pushed her forward, slamming her head into a door, the report says.
Pierrel then left the building.
Greenacres Fire Rescue crews were called to the school and treated the teacher for bumps and bruises.
Police went to Pierrel's home and spoke with his wife who told them her husband checked himself into a local hospital. She said he told her he pushed a teacher at school and "needed to get some help," the report says.
Police also contacted the Department of Children and Families.
Pierrel was released from jail Tuesday night after posting $9,000 bond, jail records show.
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