HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County sheriff’s deputies arrested a third-grade teacher at John Wayland Elementary School on Thursday.
Michael Frederick Rice, 30, of Harrisonburg, is charged with felony unlawful recording of a minor.
Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said the investigation into Rice began late last week, when the school notified investigators of an incident that occurred at school during instructional hours.
Hutcheson declined to release further details, citing the ongoing investigation. He said the Virginia State Police will be assisting with the investigation.
Oskar Scheikl, superintendent of Rockingham County Public Schools, said the incident took place May 31 following the school’s field day event.
He said a student notified administrators of an incident. Scheikl said police were immediately called.
“We take this very seriously,” he said.
The school system placed Rice on administrative leave pending its investigation.
“We have high standards and expectations for our staff,” he said.
Rice is being held without bond at the Rockingham County Jail.
He is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Friday morning.