No Mention of Spanking, Despite Admission In Principal's Records
by Aundrea Cline-Thomas
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Metro Principal who admitted to spanking two students has no record of the incidents in his personnel file.
"I want him to lose his license and to never be able to be a principal or a teacher," mother Amanda Johnson said. She alleged that her six-year-son, who has special needs, was spanked by former Robert Churchwell Principal, Jahi Rohrer.
"He told me that Mr. Rohrer took him to the computer room between the blue stairs in the back of the room near the window and spanked him," mother Kim W said. She, too, reported that a similar incident happened to her six year old son, who also has special needs.
Those details were nowhere to be found in Roher's personnel file. In fact, the only reference to incidents were in the former principal's resignation letter where he said, "I regret to inform you that the allegations against me are true."
"When he goes to apply for employment with another school system, there's no indication that we have now that school system is on notice," attorney Larry Crain explained.
In his thirty years as an attorney, Crain has tried multiple civil rights, abuse and bullying cases on behalf of students and school employees.
"What is really concerning to me is that there hasn't been a report of this to the Department of Children Services and a flag on this teacher's license," he said.
Officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools said they have filed a complaint with the Department of Children's Services.
In October 2012, Rohrer was reprimanded for using "improper restraint techniques on a student." The letter went on to say that Rohrer advised the staff to grab "pressure points" as an alternative way to subdue unruly students. As a result, he was required to complete a restraint training course.
Metro said the same scrutiny will not be administered in the spanking cases because Rohrer resigned immediately after the incidents were reported.
"You should be reprimanded…and fired," Kim W said.
Police confirmed there was an ongoing investigation. As for Metro Schools, the day Rohrer resigned was the day they stopped asking questions.
"If this were my child, especially a special needs child," Crain said, "I would be demanding answers to this."
After repeated inquiries, Metro Schools said there is a possibility that more could be added to Rohrer's personnel file in the future.