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Robertson Co. School Administrators Plead Not Guilty

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – Three Robertson County School administrators indicted by a grand jury said they're not guilty.

East Robertson Elementary School Principal Karen Renae Fehrman, Assistant Principal Kecia Young and Schools Administrator Donna Dorris had an attorney enter the plea Thursday morning on their behalf.

Before the legal preceding was underway, many in the Cross Plains community were already offering their own verdict.

"I am in full support of Renae Fehrman, Kecia Young and Donna Dorris," East Robertson High School Principal Mary Cook said during a rally in support of the administrators on Wednesday evening. "I find it hard to believe that they would do anything to harm any student or child in their care."

Attorney Gary Blackburn is representing three families who filed a lawsuit against the district alleging that their children were sexually assaulted by another student at East Robertson Elementary.

"I don't think these are bad people," Blackburn said about the administrators. "I think these are people who are simply not trained."

The lawsuit detailed simulated sex acts being performed by a student that parents say when reported, the school ignored.

"What we've alleged here is an example of sexual abuse which the law requires be reported to DCS (Department of Children Services)," Blackburn said.

That's what a judge will eventually determine, whether or not administrators were supposed to tell authorities about the allegations or not.

The next court date was scheduled for July.

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