Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Public safety

Hernando teacher arrested on battery charge

SPRING HILL — The Hernando County Sheriff's Office arrested a physical education teacher Sunday after he was accused of slamming a door on his wife's hand during an argument.

David Wayne Barrett, 34, a teacher at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, was charged with battery. The school district will not decide on any disciplinary action until the case is resolved, said spokesman Eric Williams.

According to the arrest report, Barrett climbed on top of his wife Sunday afternoon while she was lying on the floor. He got off when she asked him to, but jabbed her in the chest, leaving a mark.

Barrett then went to the bathroom and was running water in the sink when his wife called him a name. Barrett splashed water on her, according to the report. His wife grabbed a stun gun and told Barrett she would use it if he touched her again.

Barrett then walked over to his wife and slammed the door on her hand, authorities said. He told deputies he splashed water on his wife because she was calling him names.

He was booked at the Hernando County Detention Center, where he remained Monday in lieu of $1,500 bail.

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