Hickman County teacher suspended - WSMV Channel 4

Hickman County teacher suspended

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CENTERVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Kevin Hooper is an eighth grade middle school English teacher at Hickman County Middle School. He also coaches basketball.

Tuesday, he was suspended without pay pending an investigation.

According to the superintendent Dr, Jerry Nash, Hooper is accused of allowing his students to do something inappropriate inside the classroom. Nash wouldn't elaborate, except to say that a Student Resource Officer was the one to bring it to his attention.

Channel 4 knocked on Hooper's door to get his side of the story.

Someone was home at the time and even looked through the window, but wouldn't come to the door for comment.

"It makes me sad. It makes me upset. It tears your nerves up, keeps your blood pressure up, because you don't ever know what you're sending your children out to," said Hickman County resident Barbara Poore.

Parents, grandparents and community members were clearly concerned, especially since this was the second incident in two weeks for the school district.

Last week, 100 high school students received in-school suspension for making an inappropriate video of students repeatedly cursing on campus.

"Now Hickman County is getting just as bad as the big cities because every time you turn around we're on the news," said another resident Brenda Terry.

Nash said he's now interviewing teachers and students hoping to get to the bottom of it and the investigation could take a few days.

"I think until they get some evidence or something I don't think they should kick anybody out until they find out what's going on with it," said local resident Lewis Gordon.

"He should be suspended until they find out what's going on," said local resident Doug McKee.

Nash said they haven't had any problems with Hooper since he joined the district.

Hooper also used to work for Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna. He resigned but officials there say it wasn't because of anything bad that happened.

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