Principal and Teacher Charged with Misdemeanor Child Abuse


Two educators at Walter Hill Elementary School have been charged with misdemeanor child abuse, according to Rutherford County Schools (RCS).

Helen Campbell, the principal of Walter Hill Elementary and Bonnie Marler, a teacher at the school have been charged with misdemeanor child abuse by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department.

“As a school district, we have placed both on suspension pending the outcome of an investigation. We understand this comes as shocking information and that you want more details, but we are not able to release additional information at this time because of the ongoing law enforcement investigation. However, we want you to know that student safety is of the utmost concern, which is why we have acted quickly to this situation until it can be resolved,” RCS Communications & Community Relations Director James Evans writers in a statement.

The school will be open Monday and will carry on with normal operations with an interim principal in place, Evans added.

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