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Magothy River Middle School Teacher Removed From Classroom

| February 10, 2012, 12:29 PM | 26 Comments

UPDATE 05:17pm 02/10/2012: We just received a very brief statement from the Anne Arundel County Police Department:

The individual was not arrested, but removed from the school. The incident was medical in nature, however, I’m not at liberty to specify further.

UPDATE 03:05pm 02/10/2012: We followed up with Bob Mosier, spokesman for Anne Arundel County Public Schools on the removal of Prunesti.  We asked Mosier to clarify his prior statement and specifically asked if he could address if Prunesti was escorted from the building, by whom, and if he was handcuffed. Mosier told Eye On Annapolis, “No. I can tell you he was not removed by police from the classroom. That is incorrect.”

This seems to be in conflict with a statement made to the Broadneck Patch, where spokesperson Maneka Monk referred any additional questions to the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Eye On Annapolis first received information about this incident earlier this morning from two different parents of students at Magothy River Middle School. Both relayed that their children reported that Prunesti was “arrested” and removed from the classroom in handcuffs.

UPDATE: From Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman, Bob Mosier:

The teacher was not arrested, as some have claimed. He was escorted from school based on a community concern not related to the school. We cannot comment further.

We have heard reports that a Magothy River Middle School physical education teacher was removed from the classroom yesterday by Anne Arundel County police.

While the school issued a letter, the wording was very vague.

A Magothy River Middle School parent has told us that Jon Prunesti, a PE teacher, was removed from the classroom by police yesterday. Their children described it as an “arrest.”  There is no public record with the courts of an a recent arrest or charges.

We have contacted Anne Arundel County Schools and Anne Arundel County Police for a comment and will update this as soon as one is available.

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  1. Anon omous says:

    I heard from a student that he had several bench warrants for failing to appear on dwi charges.

  2. Jes says:

    How would a middle schooler know this kind of information? He pleaded guilty in Queen Anne’s County District Court to a driving under the influence charge Dec. 16 and was granted probation before judgment. He received no jail time but was fined $235 in addition to court costs.

  3. Melissa says:

    How is the related to Annapolis? Isn’t Magothy River in Arnold? So shouldn’t it be handled by Eye on Arnold? Or even Eye on Anne Arundel County? And why publish a name and limited information? Why not get the whole store before you start spreading gossip and rumors?

  4. John Frenaye says:

    Eye On Annapolis covers the entire county so it is appropriate to cover it. Prior to publication, we did verify that the teacher was removed from the classroom by police. We obtained the letter from the school and statements from parents whose children witnessed it. We have published a statement from the school district confirming that he was indeed removed for a “community concern”. Not too much gossip and rumors here.

  5. running with Scissors says:

    Clearly Melissa you don’t read this blog at all, it covers AACO, secondly when a teacher is removed from a school by the police that certainly is news-worthy. The school released his name. Hey I get it, you are a supporter of Mr Prunesti, but the police do not come to your place of employment and remove you to collect donations to the FOP.

  6. vicky says:

    Not to be picky but the “related article” is not related and by just glancing at the title people may jump to conclusions……just sayin’

  7. John Frenaye says:

    Vicky, those “related” articles are pulled based on the content of the subject article. I suspect it was listed since both involved schools and happened in Arnold. I will look into changing the terminology to something like “you might also be interested in…” Thanks for pointing it out.

  8. Bob Mosier says:

    With regard to Mr. Frenaye’s update at the top of the story, it is a shame that he chose not to provide readers with the entire content of my response, instead opting to leave the impression that I did not address whether the teacher was escorted from the building. Here is the entirety of my response:

    “No. I can tell you he was not removed by police from the classroom. That is incorrect.

    As I told you in my previous email, he was escorted from school based on a community concern not related to the school.

    I am telling you what I can, but I would ask you to understand and respect that there are issues that we are prevented from discussing.”

    Bob Mosier
    Public Information Officer
    Anne Arundel County Public Schools

  9. John Frenaye says:

    Bob–the remainder of your email (quoted above) was already included in the story when you issued the first statement. There was no real reason to reiterate it again. The response above was a reply to four simple and direct questions I asked:

    Was he escorted from building?
    By whom?
    Was he handcuffed?
    Can you please answer those questions for me?

    Your response was no–you cannot answer the questions but stated that he was not removed by police from the classroom. Is “classroom” the operative word here?

    These questions presumably do not violate any confidentiality or privileged information. The fact that more than one parent contacted us making the assertion that he was led from the classroom in handcuffs by AACoPD seems to indicate that there were some witnesses to the event. My questions were only asked in an attempt to gather the facts surrounding the incident.

  10. running with Scissors says:

    yep , classroom seems to be the key word. Very cagey reply. I think another key word is community, could mean many things.

  11. Michele says:

    I heard from an eye witness that Prunesti was escorted from the office in handcuffs. Parents are concerned.

  12. Michele says:

    To clarify – it was an adult eye witness.

  13. JCoo says:

    He most certainly was led away in handcuffs. Several student and adult witnesses have confirmed as much.

  14. Just Sayin says:

    Police use handcuffs for the safety of themselves and the person they are in contact with. It does not signify an arrest. I am sure the school is aware of the details and if there was more to it than that related to the children it would be addressed. They stated it was not a school issue it was medical. A concerned community member may believe he is in need of mental help and this would warrant removal in handcuffs for his safety and children’s.

  15. John Frenaye says:

    Just Sayin–you are absolutely correct.

  16. Melissa says:

    RWS, I do read this blog (best waste of time, ever). I just think that if it covers AACo it should be called Eye on AACo not Eye on Annapolis.

    Secondly, it has yet to be confirmed-still- that he was removed by police. Can the eyewitnesses (teen agers who are not prone to exagerate or get details wrong) state the uniforms (if any, dark clothes and/or suits do not constitute police) and/or marks (insignia, lights, decals, etc) on the police car that Mr. Prunesti was put into? I have heard it was AACo and Queen Anne’s County or Annapolis City. Big differencese there. Where are those details? Yes, it is important that we as parents know what is happening with our children but I would rather have specifics than hype.

    And finally, if based on all this, Eye on Annapolis should be reporting on me. After all many police (Annapolis City, GSA,and County) visit my place of work in uniform weekly. Am I a person of interest? Are they investigating me? I can see the headline now “Police repeatedly visit business – is this place illegal?” And no I do not work in a restaurant, uniform supply place or anything else related to police business.

  17. John Frenaye says:

    Melissa. A private place of employment is considerably different than a school which is a public building funded by tax dollars and entrusted with the care of children. So yes, a more than normal police presence is certainly “newsworthy.”

    The Anne Arundel County Public Schools referred additional question to the Anne Arundel County Police. We obtained a statement from the Anne Arundel County Police stating that they indeed remove the individual from the school but that he was not arrested. So, I am unsure about what “hype” we have reported.

    I am not sure where our story is that much different from this one. Only we were able to obtain a statement from the police.

    And finally, thank you for “wasting your time”, we do appreciate your readership.

  18. Bob Mosier says:

    We have an excellent working relationship with county police and, as is the case with ordinary citizens, we don’t interfere with police as they acquit their job. We defer to their ultimate judgment as to the urgency to handle an issue at the individual work site – in this instance, our school. As we have stated before, this was a concern that originated in the community – not the school.

  19. Melissa says:

    Your article differs from the Broadneck Patch article (which I do not subscribe to as I read the Greater Annapolis Patch) in that your article is much shorter and missing many quotes from Maneka Monk. The first time I read your article I had clicked on link from Facebook and the link to Broadneck Patch was not available so much of the key info there was not conveyed.

  20. B S says:

    This isn’t about you. I don’t understand why you are getting so upset. If this wasn’t reported, parents would probably be upset that they aren’t being informed of what is happening in their child’s school. No one is accusing him of anything just stating that he was being escorted out of the school.
    Secondly, everyone exaggerates, even adults, so why not believe the little bit the kids are saying. As parents, we would expect them to keep us informed of what is going on. Even if it is little farfetched, I would want to know that one of their teacher’s was led out by the police.
    Third, has the police that frequent your business ever taken you out in handcuffs? If they have, I bet there would be talking. People can’t help but to gossip and tell others what they see. The scenarios are completely different and it doesn’t make sense for you to compare the two.
    Lastly, who cares if it is called “Eye on Annapolis” or “Eye on Arnold”? It is news covering this area. I don’t understand why this upsets you so much.

  21. no name says:

    I was IN the classroom, the police never went past the front office. The asst principal came, got him and they went to the front together. PLEASE – unless you saw something with your own eyes or heard it with your own ears – don’t repeat something just because it is passed on to you by someone also with NO first hand knowledge. It is hearsay and harmful!

  22. Just Sayin says:

    So where are the updates on this story?

  23. John Frenaye says:

    I have requested an update but received none. He is still not in the school

  24. Concerned parent of current student of his says:

    If a person is accused of a crime they potentially would be handcuffed, correct?

  25. John Frenaye says:

    That is a reasonable assumption, but assuming that is the only reason for being handcuffed is not.

  26. no name says:

    it has been over a week now (this happened last Monday) if there is a crime, where is the arrest? if there is an arrest, where is the information regarding the arrest? It just sounds very cagey to me and to remove him from the school the way they did because of a “community concern” and a week later we still have no charges but we do appear to have a full fledged witch hunt? I have a problem with that. This man’s reputation and probably career have been damaged possibly beyond repair. Come on AAPD and AACPS, time to put your money where your mouth is – what is going on?

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