E. Tennessee administrator in pepper spraying demoted, can teach

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The school board in Chattanooga has approved a settlement that allows a former assistant principal accused of pepper spraying students to become a classroom teacher.

Joshuah Barber was fired in October after being accused of using pepper spray to break up a fight between two female students at Brainerd High School.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that documents showed Barber's lawyer requested a settlement, rather than a protracted legal hearing about the firing.

The Hamilton County School Board unanimously approved the settlement Thurday.

Under its terms, Barber won't be an administrator, but can return to the classroom at a lower pay grade. He will also received seven months in back pay.

He must complete system-approved disciplinary training.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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