Charter School Founder Investigated By DCS, Metro Police
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The founder of a south Nashville charter school is at the center of an investigation by the Tennessee Department of Children's services and Metro Police Youth Services.
Mariecilla Giddens is one of the parents who filed a police report against Dr. Martin Kennedy, the school's founder and president.
The report filed with Metro Police alleged an injury to her 13-year-old son Robert, one Giddens said he sustained when Kennedy broke up a fight at the school on December 5th.
"Dr. Kennedy came up from behind and picked my up by my shoulders and body slammed me on the ground," Benton told NewsChannel 5.
Kennedy did send an email home about the incident, but Giddens said he left out some information.
"Dr. Kennedy, he had restrained him, he said he had to restrain him in my email. And when my son got home he told me what happened," Giddens said.
The student said after the incident, at the end of the school day, Kennedy approached him to talk about what had happened earlier.
"When we were getting on the bus he told me not to tell my mama, that I'm a man and that it was just between me and him," claimed Benton.
"He's 13 years old. How you going to tell a child not to tell, because he's still a child," his mother said.
Several days after the incident Giddens was made aware of other issues involving Kennedy.
"After I heard this is an ongoing thing, I mean another parent had contacted me and let me know that her son has just been assaulted too, by this man. So we both went together to Metro Police and filed a report.
The is when DCS and Metro Police opened investigations into the allegations made by the parents.
Board member Paul Boersig said Dr. Kennedy asked the board at Boys Prep for administrative leave for an unspecified time on Wednesday. They voted to grant him that time off. The board is schedule to take up the issue at their December 28th meeting.
Metro Police have assigned a detective to this case. No charged have been filed against Kennedy regarding this matter.