Board Of Education Seeks To Revoke Murfreesboro Teacher’s License
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. - A mid-state teacher accused of inappropriate contact with students has admitted to "poor judgment" and could lose his teaching license.
A report released in April alleged that teacher Richard Kimberly restrained and tickled a student in the back of a Blackman High School team bus during a ride to a soccer game. Another student alleged that Kimberly poked and spanked him in a joking way.
An email obtained by Rutherford County detectives revealed that Kimberly explained his actions that day as "horseplay" and apologized for "poor judgment". Kimberly was fire by Rutherford County Schools in May 2012 after a school board meeting regarding the incident. Kimberly asked for an appeal hearing that was set August 23.
"I am still awaiting his decision on the consequences of my poor judgment in being involved in the horseplay at the back of the bus," Kimberly wrote in a letter to Blackman Principal Gail Vick . "I wanted to write to you and let you know that I am truly sorry to have caused you more stress and disappointment in me."
Officials with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said that a detective from the Family Crimes and Special Victims Unit was requested Kimberly after the allegations came to light in April. That investigation remains on-going.
Tennessee's Board of Education announced Tuesday they will seek to revoke Kimberly's teaching license.
"The board proposes to seek revocation of your teaching license for your assaulting of students and DCS indication as a perpetrator of child abuse," said Tennessee School Board attorney Danielle F. Walker in a letter to Kimberly sent July 13.
Officials said that Kimberly has 30 days to request a hearing before the state board; if he does not request the hearing his license would be revoked.