Delaware County elementary school principal jailed in assault

Posted: February 07, 2012

The principal of a Delaware County elementary school was jailed over the weekend after authorities said he assaulted his live-in girlfriend.

Michael A.P. Jordan, principal of the Darby Township School in the Southeast Delco School District, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, according to a district staff member.

Police were called about 7:30 a.m. Saturday for a domestic assault in the 2300 block of Highland Avenue in Drexel Hill, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. As officers pulled up, a woman ran out of the house.

"She was battered, with a bloody face and hysterical," Chitwood said. "She told officers she was beaten by her boyfriend inside the house."

The woman, who Chitwood said is a teacher at another district school, said the beating stemmed from an argument the previous night.

"She said Jordan hollered at her for sleeping in another bedroom, then dragged her out of bed, and pushed her up against a wall," Chitwood said. "She ran to the window and yelled for help."

A neighbor heard her and dialed 911, Chitwood said.

Police took the woman to Delaware County Memorial Hospital, where she was treated.

Jordan, 45, charged with assault and reckless endangerment, was taken to Delaware County Prison, where he was held on $10,000 cash bail.

Jordan does not have a criminal record, Chitwood said. He said officers had been called to the house "numerous times in the last few years."

Assistant principal Ashwina Mosakowski will run the school while Jordan is on leave, a district official said.

Contact staff writer Sam Wood at 215-854-2796 or

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