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Rally For School Officials Accused Of Ignoring Sexual Abuse

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by Jason Lamb

CROSS PLAINS, Tenn. – Wednesday evening, community members showed up at Kilgore Park in Cross Plains supporting three Robertson County school officials accused of failing to report claims of sexual abuse between students at East Robertson Elementary School. 

The rally took place on the same day a new complaint was filed detailing where the families' attorney said the teachers went wrong.

Those administrators are the principal of the school, Karen Renae Fehrman, Assistant Principal Kecia Young and Robertson County Schools Administrator Donna Dorris.

"I have worked side by side by each of these women, and I know the caliber, integrity Christian values and morals of the individuals involved, and the families that they come from," said Mary Cook, the principal at East Robertson High School.

In one incident described in the new complaint, an elementary-school-aged boy simulated a sex act in a girl's lap.

When the girl's mother tried getting more information about the abuse, Assistant principal Young said "it was confidential and that she could not discuss it with her.'"

According to the complaint, the mother "called numerous times on the following day but to this day neither Ms. Young nor anyone else at East Robertson Elementary has contacted her or expressed the slightest concern about the child."

The complaint also described another incident with two elementary-school-aged boys toward the end of last school year, where one repeatedly touched the other in private areas.

The complaint said neither Principal Fehrman nor the teacher "offered to do anything aside from promising to keep the boys separated and place them in different zones, or 'circles' on the playground."

"I don't think these are bad people, I think these are people who are simply not trained," said Gary Blackburn, the attorney for the families filing the lawsuit.  

"I understand why people who are cousins and friends and so forth would rally to their side, but I really would urge those folks to think about the safety of their children first," said Blackburn.

The three charged school officials will be in court Thursday morning for a hearing.

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