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Blackman High Teacher Charged With Assaulting Student

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. – A Blackman High School teacher has been charged with simple assault for allegedly hitting a student.

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said 38-year-old Ronnie Bray was charged Wednesday after the student's mother obtained an arrest warrant. Beverly Akins said her 15-year old daughter was tackled, straddled and then punched in the arm for failing to hit a volleyball.

"I was very outraged and very angry; you don't put your hands on children," said Akins.

The incident happened on October 3 at the school. The Rutherford County School system suspended Bray without pay, pending the outcome of the investigation, on the day of the incident.

Bray was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on $1,500 bond. A hearing was scheduled for November 12.

Bray is also the wrestling coach at Blackman High. In 2012, there was a complaint filed against him with Murfreesboro Police.

A parent claimed that the coach had assaulted members of the wrestling team and would strike the boys in the neck for asking questions or failing to understand instructions. Warrants, however, were not taken on in this incident.

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