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.
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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