CHESHIRE — A visual arts teacher at a local elementary school was placed on leave after Simsbury police charged him with assaulting officers.
Byron Pierce, 40, was arrested on Nov. 30 and charged with three counts of assault of public safety personnel, one count of interfering with police and one count of breach of peace.
On Nov. 30, Simsbury police responded to the area of 10 Winslow Place for a report of a possibly intoxicated person sitting in a vehicle. Police responded and identified the driver as Pierce.
Police said Piece interfered with their investigation and resisted arrest. At least one officer was injured while attempting to take him into custody.
According to Pierce’s LinkedIn profile, he is a visual arts teacher at Doolittle Elementary School in Cheshire. Cheshire School Superintendent Jeffrey Solan sent a letter to the parents on Thursday, stating Pierce had been placed on administrative leave for his involvement in a police incident in another town.
“The matter is still under investigation but based upon what we know at this time, the incident did not involve children and we do not believe his presence in the school creates a risk to students or staff,” Solan stated in the letter. “It is our determination that the distraction created by this incident could disrupt the student-focused learning environment of Doolittle School.”
Pierce’s bond amount was not immediately available. He is scheduled to appear in Enfield Superior Court on Dec. 13.
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