Assault Charge Dropped Against Haverford School Headmaster

The charge against John Nagl, filed last week, alleged that he had assaulted his 15-year-old son after discovering marijuana in his backpack.

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Courtesy of the Montgomery County Planning Commission via Creative Commons.

The Delaware County District Attorney’s Office has withdrawn a charge of simple assault against the headmaster of a Main Line school resulting from an alleged altercation between him and his 15-year-old son.

The charge, which was filed last week, alleged that Haverford School headmaster John Nagl had assaulted his son on October 10th, two days after discovering marijuana in the boy’s backpack, according to the Inquirer.

The newspaper reports that, according to court documents, Nagl told police he “put his son in a chokehold to end the altercation quickly” after the two got in an argument over the son’s phone, which Nagl had previously confiscated. Nagl’s son called the police, according to 6ABC, who promptly arrested Nagl and charged him with simple assault.

The Delaware County District Attorney’s Office issued a short statement on Thursday morning on the decision to drop the charges, claiming there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the prosecution of the case.

Haverford School placed Nagl on paid administrative leave on October 12th, according to Fox 29. The news outlet reports that the Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet next week to “fairly and deliberately assess the situation in light of this new development,” according to a statement released by the school.

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