E. Tenn principal to plead guilty for student assault

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona

HANCOCK COUNTY (WVLT) – A Hancock County elementary school principal will plead guilty in court on Friday for assaulting a student.

According to the school system, the assault occurred on November 1, 2007 at Hancock County Elementary when Principal Thomas Q. Zachary was administering “corporal punishment” to a young student with a large wooden paddle.

The court report says Zachary administered “two series of assaults” to the child’s backside within a 15 minute time period, and the child had to be taken to Wellmont Hancock County Hospital’s emergency room for treatment.

Corporal punishment is allowed in Hancock County schools, but strict guidelines must be followed.

It is still unknown if the school system or Department of Child Services will take action against Zachary.


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  • by hchsstudent Location: 37869 on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:27 PM
    Yea all the stuff about Mr.Z is jus for the money!!! We want him back! If Hunter Seal was hurt so badly then he wouldnt had stayed at school and if his parents was actually concerned about him then they would had done somethng right then! So yea i would bet on it that his parents were jus in it for money cause they think their HOT STUFF!!! But news flash Mr.Z aint done anything wrong!!
  • by HCHS student Location: Sneedville on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:20 PM
    hmm.. hunters parents think there real big now that they got on tv. But they ant they have just made fools of their selfs. mr. Z is a great prin.... and i think all this is un called for.
  • by Tom Location: Franklin on Mar 8, 2008 at 05:19 PM
    First of all, school paddling violates Title IX because boys and girls are impacted differently. Unlike boys, girls who are maturing would have to reveal intimate personal information in order to avoid the chance of this punishment being unfairly compounded by menstrual discomfort, or a risk factor where there is the possibility of pregnancy. Despite fears that school discipline would deteriorate if paddling went away, Memphis has since seen a reduction of discipline problems. At the national level, dropout rates, violent crime, and other social problems are most concentrated among states and localities where paddling is still allowed. It is worth noting, moreover, that among the top 100 U.S. schools ranked by Newsweek in 2003, not a single one is a paddling school. The many groups supporting a ban on corporal punishment include The National Association of School Boards, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The National Association of School Nurses.
  • by StudentHchs Location: Sneedville, Tn on Mar 5, 2008 at 10:41 PM
    Tomorrow meeting at school to get Z back everyone attend. Hunter was hurt skateboarding and he has said this is just to get money. Investigate. his parents are mad cause his mother got fired from her job at school. Wow it happened in Nov. Got fired not to long ago and boom a grudge. Money ho.
  • by jturner2709 Location: Knoxville on Mar 1, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    They need paddling back in school. It was there when I was in school in the 80's and we turned out pretty good here in Oak Ridge. Now you have children bringing guns to school to settle a fight instead of the old fashion way...with 2 hands, afterward shake and be friends.
  • by Home Location: Home on Feb 29, 2008 at 06:51 PM
    As an educator, no it is not because of tenure. I don't all the facts about this story and I am not going to make a statement on this but I will as far as tenure goes. A teacher or Administrator can be let go, regardless of tenure. The problem is not tenure but with administrators. As a teacher if I do something and get in trouble with the law tenure will not save me outside or inside the classroom. If I do something in the classroom that is not professional then my principal will deal with the issue, again tenure will not save me. If a principal or administrator does something not right then that is the responsibility of the superintendent to handle. If a teacher does something not right then the principal should deal with that matter. So you see, it goes back to the principal and Director of Schools. Teachers and administrators can be dismissed, Tenure does not save everyone all the time. Tenure just allows someone to have a job it does not keep them from losing their job.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2008 at 04:26 PM
    teach your kids to respect adults and their peirs. the kid probaly deserved an a** wooping. seriously though the teachers dont need to take matters in their own hands but the parents need to teach their kids how to act. kids dont get structure at home and that comes back in everyday life. i blame the parents.
  • by ANONYMOUS 2 Location: SURROUNDING COUNTY on Feb 29, 2008 at 03:29 PM
    After working in the school system for 10 years and having 2 children go thru the system, the problem is t-e-n-u-r-e. My daughter's 2nd grade teacher smelled of alcohol, people commented on it, but because of tenure, nothing was done but to keep it under wraps. After she had an automobile accident on the way to school, the officer arrested her for dui. This was on her way to school. Other teachers said that was not the problem, that she hit her head, but she ended up resigning that day, because she didn't want it to come up. Regardless, teachers just about have to commit murder before anything is done, thanks to the t.E.A. And tenure.
  • by RON Location: TENN on Feb 29, 2008 at 02:08 PM
    PEOPLE MIGHT WANT TO DO A LITTLE DIGGING TO FIND OUT WHOSE IS REALLY BEHIND THE SITUATION. PERSONAL GRUDGE IS USUALLY OR SOMEONE LOOKING FOR $$$ OR A NAME FOR THEMSELVES. IF THERE HAD BEEN A LOT OF COMPAINTS THIS WOULD HAVE SURFACED A LONG TIME AGO. I HOPE THE PERSON WHO POSTED THE "STOP HITTING" SITE HAS TO DEAL WITH ONE OF THE RADICAL TEENS THEY SO WANT TO PROTECT. I DON'T BELIEVE IN BEATINGS BUT PUNISHMENT MUST BE ADMINISTERED BECAUSE THERE IS TOO LITTLE OF IT BEING DONE IN THE HOME. MAYBE THE PARENTS NEED THEIR TAIL BUSTED INSTED OF THE CHILDREN, THEN MAYBE THINGS MIGHT CHANGE. CHANCES ARE THIS IS ABOUT $$$MONEY$$$.
  • by John Location: Ohio on Feb 29, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    A group is willing to finance lawsuits for these kinds of incidents. They are the Center for Effective Discipline, www.stophitting.com. Maybe the parents should call them.
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