Mason County Schools Superintendent Suzanne Dickens confirmed Friday that Moffett is still employed by the school system, but refused to go into detail about his status.
"Is he still employed? Yes," Dickens told the Gazette-Mail. "Is he at the school? No."
Dickens told the Point Pleasant Register earlier this week that Moffett had been moved to an "off-site location." She refused to disclose that location or his duties.
"I can't comment on that because it's a personnel issue," she said.
A secretary at Point Pleasant Intermediate confirmed that Moffett was not in the building. Gregory Bailey, a lawyer for the county school board, did not return a phone call Friday afternoon.
Plants suffered a minor laceration on the face and a bruised arm as a result of the incident, Clifford said. The lawsuit indicates that the boy will undergo extensive emotional therapy.
The school system has not yet been served with the lawsuit.
Liza Cordeiro, spokeswoman for the West Virginia Board of Education, said state school officials have been made aware of the allegations.
"Obviously, the county needs to do their own investigation," Cordeiro said. "I'm going to assume, in collaboration with the local law enforcement."
Cordeiro said state school board members could decide to present the allegations to the West Virginia Commission on Professional Teaching Standards, a regulating agency made up of teachers, lawyers and citizens that hear cases of teachers and administrators accused of misconduct. The commission could recommend that state Superintendent Jorea Marple revoke Moffett's teaching license.
The commission would be made aware of criminal charges, Cordeiro said, but they would not take action based solely on those allegations -- meaning that Moffett potentially could serve as the principal until a conviction on child-abuse charges.
Cordeiro said she did not know how long the state board's disciplinary procedure takes.
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