University of Nevada art professor Howard Rosenberg plead no contest today in Sparks Municipal Court to charges of acting without lawful authority and trespassing, both misdemeanors.
The charges stem from an April 3 incident at Dilworth Middle School in Sparks. Rosenberg was serving as a faculty advisor to a university student who was interning at the school.
During class, Rosenberg believed a student was acting inappropriately and grabbed the 13-year-old by the ear and took him to the principal’s office. Rosenberg is not a licensed teacher with Washoe County School District, nor did he have authority from anyone at the school to discipline students.
Dilworth Principal Laura Peterson asked Rosenberg to leave the school, but he returned to the classroom and had to be asked again to leave.
Senior Assistant City Attorney Tom Wilson was pleased with the result, “The focus of this case was about who has disciplinary authority over students in public schools.”
Rosenberg was sentenced to pay fines in excess of $1,200.00.