Indian Trail custodian disciplined, reassigned after laying hands on student

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson City Schools suspended the former head custodian of Indian Trail Intermediate School for three days without pay earlier this month and then reassigned him after he reportedly laid hands on a student, according to a letter in his personnel file.

Johnson City Schools spokesperson Dr. Debra Bentley said the incident did not rise to the level of an assault, but instead was simply the result of the man putting a hand on a student to redirect them as the student entered the cafeteria from a patio. As a result, she says the district did not call police.

The man’s personnel file reveals the district did take disciplinary action. In a letter sent to the custodian Superintendent Dr. Richard Bales reminded the employee “it is never appropriate for you to touch a student except in an extreme emergency.”

In addition to a three-day unpaid suspension, Dr. Bales reassigned the custodian to work at Science Hill High School.

“We feel it has been handled in the best interest of students and the employee,” Dr. Bentley said.Copyright WJHL 2016. All rights reserved.

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