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School officials investigate threat allegations

By Nancy Glasscock
nglasscock@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — Lawrence County School officials are investigating an allegation that a substitute teacher at Moulton Middle School threatened a seventh-grade student Friday, Superintendent Dexter Rutherford said.

Rutherford declined to name the substitute until ew roman,serif">"It could be totally false, and I don't want to falsely accuse anyone," he said.

When a student repeatedly asked to go to the restroom, the substitute teacher threatened to shoot the student, said school Principal Gaylon Parker. Parker said he and Rutherford plan to talk to the substitute and are interviewing students about the allegations.

"I've checked with some students and didn't have a chance to talk to the substitute before she left," Parker said.

Rutherford said the school system could choose not to use the substitute again if the allegations are proven accurate.

He said taking disciplinary action against a regular teacher would be more complicated.

"It's quite different with a substitute than with an employee," he said. "When a substitute is employed, they're employed almost on a daily basis."

Rutherford said he doesn't expect the school system to take any legal action against
the substitute. He said he will continue his investigation Monday.

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