Oakland H.S Teacher Suspended After ‘Poor Choice In Humor’
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A teacher for the Rutherford County School District has been suspended after what officials called a "poor choice in an attempt at humor.”
Officials with the Rutherford County School District confirmed Wednesday that Preston Johnson, a chemistry teacher at Oakland High School, was suspended after displaying a pocket knife in a non-threatening manner after several exchanges of horseplay between multiple students and the teacher.
Students were interviewed by the school's principal after the incident took place and each one said it was interpreted as a “joke.”
School officials said the distance between the teacher and student was at least six feet, and the knife was held vertical to the floor the entire time. At no point was the knife pointed at the student.
The district and the school said they do not take these types of incidents lightly.