Haver­ford School boss placed on leave

Po­lice: Head­mas­ter has been charged with mis­de­meanor at­tempted as­sault

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Il­gen­fritz ril­gen­fritz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @rpil­gen­fritz on Twit­ter

The head­mas­ter of the Haver­ford School has been placed on leave fol­low­ing his ar­rest this week.

The head­mas­ter of the pres­ti­gious Haver­ford School has been placed on leave fol­low­ing his ar­rest this week on a mis­de­meanor at­tempted as­sault charge stem­ming from an al­leged al­ter­ca­tion with his son, po­lice said.

John Nagl, 50, of Haver­ford, was charged Mon­day. Fol­low­ing an ar­raign­ment Mon­day, Nagl was re­leased on $30,000 un­se­cured bail.

Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by Haver­ford po­lice, of­fi­cers were called to the home at about 7:05 a.m. Mon­day on the re­port of a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance that oc­curred in the 500 block of Pan­mure Road in Haver­ford.

In the com­plaint, Nagl told ar­riv­ing of­fi­cers that on Oct. 8 he re­port­edly found mar­i­juana in his son’s back­pack so he took it, along with his son’s cell­phone. He also told his son that mar­i­juana was not per­mit­ted. On Mon­day, Nagl heard his son speak­ing on the phone so he went to get it from him. When his son re­fused, an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween the two re­port­edly en­sued, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“Nagl ad­mit­ted he put his son in a choke­hold to end the al­ter­ca­tion quickly,” ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

Po­lice said the son had vis­i­ble red marks on his chest be­low the neck­line.

In a let­ter that was ad­dressed to mem­bers of the Haver­ford School com­mu­nity, Wil­liam Yoh, chair­man of the Board of Trustees, said Nagl has been placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave and As­sis­tant Head­mas­ter Mark Thor­burn has been put in place as act­ing head­mas­ter at the school.

“The well-be­ing of our boys and our guid­ing prin­ci­ples of com­mu­nity re­main para­mount,” Yoh said in his let­ter. “Dr. Nagl is fully co­op­er­at­ing with the school as we all nav­i­gate this dif­fi­cult


A state­ment from school reads in part: “The Haver­ford School re­al­izes the se­ri­ous con­cerns this charge raises in our com­mu­nity and has ded­i­cated re­sources to­ward as­sess­ing the sit­u­a­tion in its en­tirety, both fairly and de­lib­er­ately.”

Nagl’s at­tor­ney, Robert Keller, de­scribed him as a great per­son who has de­fended the na­tion.

“Dr. Nagl is a won­der­ful per­son who has rep­re­sented our coun­try with two tours of duty pro­tect­ing us. Ad­di­tion­ally, he is a West Point grad, he’s a Rhodes Scholar, has done won­der­ful work at the Haver­ford School and he main­tains his in­no­cence and we will be very ag­gres­sively de­fend­ing him,” Keller said in a phone in­ter­view Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Keller de­scribed Nagl’s status with the school as paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave. He said they have been in con­tact with the Delaware County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice “and we’re hop­ing to have th­ese charges dis­missed at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble mo­ment,” once all of the facts come out, he said. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is sched­uled for Nov. 17 in front of Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge Elisa C. La­cianca in Haver­town.

Nagl be­came the ninth head­mas­ter of the Haver­ford School in 2013. Ac­cord­ing to his biog­ra­phy on the school’s web­site, Nagl was a grad­u­ate of the United States Mil­i­tary Academy, Class of 1988. He was a vet­eran who served in both the First Gulf War and in Iraqi Free­dom dur­ing his Army ca­reer.


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