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Tennessee schools leader charged with another assault count

April 5, 2018

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee schools superintendent is now charged with two counts of assault related to his actions during a student’s reported psychological emergency.

News outlets reported Wednesday that Williamson County Director of Schools Mike Looney had a second charge filed against him in the Feb. 20 incident at Franklin High School after the student’s mother gave sworn testimony to a magistrate. Looney had previously been charged with assault for how he handled the student.

Franklin police said responders and the mother were working to transport the girl to the hospital when Looney grabbed the student and forced her to his vehicle, before officers intervened.

The school board declined to take disciplinary action against Looney, who is currently on medical leave for a pancreatic tumor.

It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.

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