Florida principal accused of taking $900 from disabled 9-year-old

Posted at 9:55 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 08:04:05-05

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida elementary school principal is accused of stealing $900 from a mentally disabled 9-year-old.

On Thursday, Pasco County deputies arrested Connerton Elementary School principal Edward John Abernathy.

The sheriff's office says that on Oct. 23, the 9-year-old student, who is mentally handicapped, brought some of his parents' money to school. 

When teachers realized the issue, they took the money and counted it, placing it in the principal's office.

When the mother of the child went to school to get the money, deputies say the principal gave her only $1,200 not the $2,100 her child had brought to school.

"Subsequent investigation by deputies determined the principal kept the $900 difference," the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.

Deputies booked the 50-year-old Abernathy into the Pasco County Jail on one charge of grand theft.

Officials with Pasco County Schools say that Abernathy will be placed on administrative leave as they investigate.