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Charter School Leader Comes Under Fire Over Discipline Methods

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By Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -  Tempers got heated Tuesday night at a charter school board meeting in South Nashville where parents say enough is enough.  The founder and president of Nashville Boys Prep has come under fire for his methods of discipline during the first semester of the school year.

Tuesday night's meeting went on for three hours.  The vast majority of that meeting focused on allegations against Dr. Martin Kennedy.  He's been on administrative leave from the school since December. 

That's when DCS and Metro Police opened an investigation into accusations of abuse.  Several parents made their case in front of the board Tuesday night.

This is the first year for this all-boys charter school and according to the new principal, the first semester at Boys Prep was a rough one.  Kennedy has been on leave for almost two months and many parents wanted to know exactly what role he currently plays at the school.

That is one thing the board did accomplish in the meeting, saying Kennedy is not to have any role at the school right now. But those board members know they have to come to decision on Kennedy's future at the school he founded. 

"As a board we realize we can't let this hang over us, indefinitely," said Keith Jackson, President of Boy Prep. "We recognize we need to come some resolution just for the good of the school, just in the name of moving forward."

Many parents said they were fine with waiting two months until the next board meeting before learning if Kennedy will be reinstated.

"It could be a while, so, to keep him out of school though, I am pleased with that," said Julie Spencer, a parent at the school. "So hopefully there will be a permanent change."

DCS has completed its investigation and the agency found the allegations into the accusations of abuse against Kennedy to be unfounded. Metro Police still haven't come to a conclusion in their case. 

Dr. Kennedy told NewsChannel 5 he fully expects to be reinstated as president of Boys Prep.


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