Jury convicts schools leader of misdemeanor

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) -- A West Tennessee jury has found a school superintendent guilty of lesser charges after he carried a pistol into a middle school.

The Jackson Sun reported Hardin County Director of Schools John Thomas was convicted Tuesday on a misdemeanor count of carrying a weapon in a school without intent to use it. Thomas will pay a $50 fine and have up to six months of probation.

Thomas' attorney said that if the jury had convicted his client of the felony count he was indicted on, he would have been in violation of his employment contract.

School Board Chairman David Long said after the verdict came back that it was not an issue with the board.

County resident Jerry Fowler, who took the case to the grand jury after the local prosecutor declined to, said he was disappointed in the outcome, but satisfied that the issue came to public attention.


Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com

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