|Published: 9:25 AM, 09/23/2013
||Last updated: 9:25 AM, 09/23/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-A long teaching career could
be in jeopardy after a Sweetwater High School teacher is alleged to
have struck a student in the face on Wednesday.
Monroe County School System Director
Mike Lowry and Mike Wiggins, supervisor of instruction for grades
nine-12, said Priscilla Shadden, a longtime English teacher, has
actually admitted to striking the student.
Lowry said "appropriate disciplinary
action" has been taken against Shadden and that the investigation
is ongoing. However, the director said he did not expect the
investigation to take long, as SHS administration, the school
resource officer and county school system school officials are well
into examining the incident.
The alleged victim, Bradley Butts, 17,
has appeared on television news describing the incident, saying
Shadden struck him after he brushed up against a girl in the hallway.
Shadden has the option to resign but if
she does not, Lowry has the option to present a case for Shadden's
termination to the Monroe County Board of Education. He said the
decision would then be in the hands of the board, which would then be
liable for legal actions if they did not fire the teacher.
"We are following the letter of the
law," Lowry said.
Shadden is a popular teacher at the
school, who has been active coaching SHS' Scholars Bowl team.
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