On Thursday, February 28, Clarksburg police arrested Brian Scott Hage, the assistant principal at Washington Irving Middle School.
He was charged with child abuse or neglect with the risk of injury.
On Monday, Hage's supporters packed the Harrison County Board of Education meeting.
The supporters included community members, faculty, parents, and students. All of the seats were taken in the meeting, and some people even had to stand in the back.
The issue wasn't on the agenda, but the public got the chance to speak during the public comment section of the meeting.
One of the speakers was Nikki Henderson, a mother of four. Her son was a student at Washington Irving Middle School and is now in 9th grade.
"Scott has been very supportive of my son, not only academically and as an administrator, but also as a disciplinarian, acting when he needed to. And I just find that he is there for the kids and the best interest of the students," said Henderson.
Another one of Hage's supporters who spoke in the meeting was Anthony Gigliotti. Gigliotti is a teacher at Washington Irving, and he felt like he needed to come and speak for the teachers.
"It is an unfriendly environment for teachers; however, our job is that when the students enter our classroom nothing changes for that. That's our professionalism that shows. Challenges hopefully you emerge from them a better person and a better teacher," said Gigliotti.
Although the showing of support at the meeting was not addressed by the board, it will be having a hearing with Hage to determine his future.