(MURFREESBORO) Rutherford County Schools is keeping the two Walter Hill educators on suspension, despite courts dismissing the case.
In light of the courts dismissing the case against suspended Walter Hill Elementary School Principal Dr. Helen Campbell and special needs teacher Bonnie Marlar, Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron said the educator's pay and jobs should be returned . . .
On Monday (2/24/2020) Rutherford County General Sessions Court Judge Lisa Eischeid dismissed the cases against former Walter Hill Elementary School Principal Dr. Helen Campbell and former Special Education Teacher Bonnie Marlor.
While on the WGNS' Action Line radio broadcast, County Mayor Ketron continued . . .
Deputy Mayor Steve Sandlin noted that when he was growing-up it was customary to be "innocent until proven guilty".
RCS Says SUSPENSION Continues
On Wednesday (2/26/2020) afternoon, Rutherford County Schools Communications Director James Evans released a statement to the media saying, "The employment status of Helen Campbell and Bonnie Marlar has not changed, and they both remain on suspension pending the resolution of investigations by law enforcement, the Department of Children Services and the school district."
Media accounts show that neither of the Walter Hill educators were given the due process of telling their side of the story before being suspended without pay, and still have not--even after Judge Eischeid dismssed the case.
On Monday (2/24/2020) Scott Kimberly, attorney for Mrs. Campbell, released a written statement, "We are pleased with the decision of the court...Mrs. Campbell has maintained her innocence to all allegations against her and looks forward to the finality that the decision today will bring for her family. We believe this is the right conclusion to her criminal charges and we implore those involved to put this matter to rest so that all parties can move forward in a positive manner."
Hurting The Profession
Mayor Ketron concluded that actions like this run off prospective teachers . . .
In summary, despite the dismissal of the case by the courts, Rutherford County Schools have decided that "both (educators) remain on suspension pending the resolution of investigations by law enforcement, the Department of Children Services and the school district."
CLICK HERE for the Nov. 9, 2019 story about the suspension of the two educators by Rutherford County Schools.
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