Blackman High Teacher Reinstated After Assault Arrest

Blackman High Teacher Reinstated After Assault Arrest

CREATED Oct 23, 2013

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A Rutherford County teacher accused of assaulting a student during class has been reinstated after a 15-day suspension.

Ronnie Bray, a teacher at Blackman High School, was arrested on October 9 on one count of simple assault.

Beverly Akins took out the warrant against Bray, saying her 15-year old daughter was tackled, straddled and then punched in the arm for failing to hit a volleyball during PE class.

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

Last Thursday, Director of Schools Don Odom sent Bray a letter saying the results of the school system's investigation found he acted in an inappropriate manner toward a student. His suspension was lifted on Friday, October 18. As part of the action against him, Bray will also have to attend the Employee Assistance Program.

The school system said Akins asked for her daughter to change schools, and her request was approved so she and Bray will no longer have contact.

Akins said she's upset not only because Bray is back in school, but also because the school system never informed her family.

"I want him not to be able to teach again," said Akins. "I want someone to tell me why he's there back at school. No one has done that. I haven't had an explanation at all about anything."

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 the incident.

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