Knox Co. teacher suspended after domestic violence call, victim's son speaks out

By: Lorena Estrada Email
By: Lorena Estrada Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Jordan Lester said his mother has multiple bruises, as well as a broken nose and broken eardrum, and he's now seeking justice.

"I want him to get what the law calls for," Lester said. "Like any son would, I want justice for my mom."

Lester said Ottinger and his mother, whose name he rather not release, dated for the past four years. Sheriff's Office records show the couple has argued in the past but nothing quite like this.

"She couldn't even lay her head on a pillow," Lester said.

After school Wednesday, Ottinger's arrest was the topic of conversation among Halls Middle School students and their parents.

"If he's guilty of hurting any one physically then he doesn't need to be around or near small children," said Paula Fee, a concerned parent."It's a horrible reputation for that teacher."

Lester said Ottinger's actions are unacceptable for someone who's suppose to be a role model for young students.

"Kids look up to them, parents leave their child with them for the entire day," Lester said. "And when you hear something like this, you don't know if he could snap."

Ottinger has been with Knox Co. Schools for nine years. The case is under investigation.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knox Co. Schools suspended a teacher at Halls Middle School while the Knox Co. Sheriff's Office investigates a domestic violence call involving his girlfriend on Saturday, the district announced on Wednesday.
Larry Ottinger taught physical education at the school for nine years. He is suspended with pay pending the the outcome of the investigation.

The 46 year-old Ottinger, who lives in Powell, is set to appear in court on May 18.


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  • by sara Location: powell on May 26, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    I think its sad that we trust these people with our children and some of them are violent or they sexually abuse kids. The teachers have changed a lot since I was in school its like its just a job. Do they really care about the future of our children. Also who is hiring these teachers? Do they not do psychological evaluations on them. I think these teachers should be monitored at all times when they are with our kids. Cameras in the classrooms whatever needs to be done to ensure our kids are safe. Not just from teachers though from other kids too whose parents don't care enough to teach them right from wrong. That's why I took my kids out of public school. They are being exposed to too much too soon.
  • by Pat Location: KnoxvilleSo, on May 24, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    So,this guy is suspended with pay and, subsequently, gets off with, maybe, a slap on the wrist. I was assaulted by a "teacher" - paid by taxpayers - in 2006, on my property, minding my own business. Nothing was done, b/c they're buddies of a certain former mayor - all good ol' boy! I called the school board - paid by taxpayers - and was told it's OK, as long as it's not on a student's property. Let's lock 'em all in a closet together & see how long until they begin to turn on each other!

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