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Tennessee elementary school principal fired by board for dragging 11-year-old autistic boy by the feet


By Stephen M. Lepore for Dailymail.Com

The principal of a Tennessee elementary school was fired two and a half years after a video emerged showing her dragging a particular student near the school.

Helen Campbell was fired for “unprofessional conduct, conduct unbecoming, insubordination and breach of duty” from Walter Hill Elementary in Murfreesboro on Thursday.

Rutherford County Schools Superintendent Bill Spurlock said on Nov. 4, 2019, the unnamed student failed to comply with a request from Campbell.

She then grabbed the student by the ankles and dragged her down the school hallway 570 feet, the size of two football fields.

The baby suffered minor accidents. Campbell and trainer Bonnie Marlar both filed baby abuse charges after Marlar helped drag the teenager out.

Helen Campbell was fired for “unprofessional conduct, conduct unbecoming, insubordination and breach of duty” from Walter Hill Elementary in Murfreesboro on Thursday

Tennessee elementary school principal fired by board for dragging 11-year-old autistic boy by the feet

Rutherford County Schools Superintendent Bill Spurlock said on Nov. 4, 2019, the student failed to comply with a request from Campbell. She then grabbed the student by the ankles and dragged her down the school hallway

Tennessee elementary school principal fired by board for dragging 11-year-old autistic boy by the feet

Footage from this security video showed Campbell and Marlar dragging the child by the arm of a chair, grabbing him by his belt and dragging him by his wrists before dragging him down the hall by his ankles

Tennessee elementary school principal fired by board for dragging 11-year-old autistic boy by the feet

Then they are shown to grab the boy’s ankles and drag him to the back of the school

Costs were ultimately dismissed by a judge. Campbell and Marlar had been suspended and no resolution was made on Marlar’s future with the school.

Spurlock accused Campbell of trying to destroy evidence, saying she tried to delete security footage from school cameras.

Campbell did not contest the cost and was placed on probation for a misdemeanor.

She entered the same plea, securing a conviction but not admitting guilt, on negligence charges.

During a school board meeting Thursday night, stills from this security video showed Campbell dragging the child by the arm of a chair, grabbing him by his belt and dragging him by the wrists.

Then they are shown to grab the boy’s ankles and drag him to the back of the school. They dragged him a total of 570 feet.

Tennessee elementary school principal fired by board for dragging 11-year-old autistic boy by the feet

Campbell and Bonnie Marlar (pictured) had been suspended and no resolution was made on Marlar’s position

Tennessee elementary school principal fired by board for dragging 11-year-old autistic boy by the feet

County Schools Superintendent Bill Spurlock (pictured left) accused Campbell of trying to destroy evidence, saying she tried to delete security footage from school cameras and benefit from her dismissal.

A member of the school, Tammy Sharp, pleaded on Campbell’s behalf, saying she was “phenomenal” in her work and mentioned that she was convicted in a court of public opinion.

“Not one of us on this board spoke to Miss Campbell. We don’t know this student’s background, we don’t know what his arguments were,” Sharp said. “I think it’s disgusting and I’m sure our lecturers who deal with issues like this day in and day out immediately get cold feet and so they try to get extra jobs.”

An individual wants the school district school administrator to speak at the meeting

“I have seen the video from start to finish. I have not seen any conduct that constitutes emergency conduct, dragging the student from the entrance at the rear of the building to the common room, near of two football pitches is not an ICC method and is not a proper deduction.

Campbell’s termination was ultimately cleared by a 5-2 vote. It can attract choice.

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