Principal accused of domestic assault no longer with school

Hershel Beckwith (Source: Camden County Sheriff's Office)
Hershel Beckwith (Source: Camden County Sheriff's Office)

MARBLE HILL, MO (KFVS) - The principal at Woodland School in Marble Hill accused of domestic assault is no longer with the school.

Woodland Superintendent Jennings Wilkinson confirmed Hershel Beckwith is no longer with the district.  Wilkinson would not give further details stating it was a personnel matter.

According to police, Hershel Beckwith, the former principal at Woodland School in Marble Hill was arrested March 27 on domestic assault charges.

Police say Beckwith was staying at a hotel in Camden County, Missouri for a principal meeting when the alleged assault took place.

Officers say when they arrived at the hotel they found Beckwith's girlfriend in the lobby. Police say she told them that Beckwith got angry, grabbed her by the neck and threw her on the bed. The woman says she attempted to leave the room and Beckwith grabbed her by the hair and tried to drag her back into the room.

Officers say the woman ran and went to another room for help.

Police say when they arrived. The woman did not want to press charges.

Officers say they told Beckwith not to have contact with his girlfriend for 12 hours.

They say while they were talking with the woman, Beckwith called her.

The officer says he answered the phone and told Beckwith not to call her again but the officer says Beckwith pleaded with him to speak with her.

At that point the officer says he went back to Beckwith's room and arrested him.

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