A Virginia physical education coordinator has been charged with assault after he allegedly traveled to another school last week and cut off the hair of a teacher he knew as the two embraced.
According to the Times Dispatch, a criminal complaint alleges that Melvin D. Hunt, 61, visited the unidentified woman in the Elizabeth Davis Middle School parking lot and asked for her car keys.
The 61-year-old, employed at Riverside School, said he wanted to leave the woman a note in her vehicle to read later, the Times Dispatch reported. After Hunt placed the letter in the woman's car, he returned to her to give back the car keys.
That's when things took a sudden turn.
As the two embraced in a hug, hunt allegedly grabbed the woman's ponytail and cut off eight to 12 inches of her hair. According to the Times Dispatch, the woman said she didn't notice what happened until she saw her hair fall on the ground, the complaint said.
Hunt then allegedly stormed away, threw the woman's car keys into a locked, fenced area and drove off.
A witness apparently saw the incident.
Police said the two knew each other but were not involved in a romantic relationship, the Times Dispatch reported. A protective order filed against him described the woman's relationship to him as "girlfriend."
Hunt is scheduled for a hearing Thursday.
Chesterfield Schools spokesman Shawn Smith released a statement following the incident.
"The school division has been in regular contact with Chesterfield police following an incident that occurred Friday about 35 minutes after school was dismissed," he said. "We continually collaborate with the police department and have numerous security measures in place, including having a uniformed police officer at each of our middle and high schools."
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