Gallatin middle school teacher suspended amid criminal investigation

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SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A judge has granted five parents orders of protection against a teacher at Shafer Middle School in Gallatin who they claim left their children “scared to go to school,” forcing them to have explicit sexual conversations with him.

Court documents obtained by News 2 and filed by the parents allege Rob Ring, who teaches sixth-grade social studies, would take the students “to his classroom and talk about sex” on multiple occasions in April and May.

The parents wrote Ring would bring the children to his classroom to eat lunch and discuss sex, including asking if the students wanted to know where babies come from, then providing graphic details.

According to the orders of protection, the parents claim Ring asked the children to come to his house to do yard work and said they could “hang out” and that “his wife and kids wouldn’t be there and he would buy them pizza.”

One parent stated that her child “and his friends are completely embarrassed and humiliated by this and will forever be changed,” adding that he “and his friends are scared to go to school, scared to go to the places where they played and rode their bikes.”

Another parent alleged the teacher gave students a sexually explicit demonstration.

The orders of protection also detail extremely explicit sexual conversations that the parents say Ring had with their children.

The judge has ordered that Ring stay away from the skate park, civic center and playground.

Jeremy Johnson, a spokesperson for Sumner County Schools, told News 2 that Ring was suspended without pay effective May 17, pending the outcome of a criminal investigation involving the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.

Ring has been with the district since 2007, Johnson added.

The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office said no criminal charges have been filed against Ring.

News 2 reached out to Ring and his attorney, but they have not responded.

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