UPDATED: Guidance Director Arrested on Assault Charges; Accused of Chasing Kids With His Car
Framingham resident Peter Bruce, director of guidance for Milford High School, was arrested by Framingham Police Friday on three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. He is accused of using his car to chase three kids on bikes in a parking garage.
Peter Bruce, 41, of 4 Bishop St., Apt. 403, Framingham, was arrested by Framingham Police after an incident in which he was accused of using a car to chase three youths on bikes in a parking garage.
Police responded to the Bishop Street Garage, after receiving a report that a man in a vehicle was "chasing three kids on their bikes" in the garage, said Framingham Police Lt. Ron Brandolini.
On arriving, police found Bruce yelling at the kids — ages 10, 11 and 12 — and one boy was on the ground, injured. Bruce did not hit the children with the vehicle, but one boy hurt himself when he fell off his bike, according to Brandolini.
"He did not hit the kids with his car," Brandolini said. "One of the kids did fall trying to get away and scraped his leg."
Police spoke to the children and Bruce, who denied their allegations, before arresting him. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in Framingham District Court.
He was placed on adminstrative leave, with pay, effective Monday, said Kathleen Perry, an assistant superintendent. He will remain under that status until further notice, she said.
Bruce was hired in July 2011 as director of guidance, career and academic enhancement at Milford High School. He directs a department that includes five full-time counselors and an adminsitrative assistant.
Bruce earned $36,427 for the six months he was employed by the town in 2011, according to the Milford annual report.
A message left for Bruce on his work phone was not returned Wednesday.
Milford Superintendent Robert Tremblay could not be reached for comment.
In a profile of Bruce, published on the Town Crier website shortly after his arrival, Bruce said he had spent 17 years as a guidance counselor and director of guidance in Massachusetts before taking a position in Charleston, SC. He holds a master's degree in school counseling.