Rutherford Co. teacher, principal suspended after being charged with child abuse

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has released booking photos for Helen Campbell, principal of Walter Hill Elementary, & Bonnie Marlar, a teacher at the school. Both are charged with misdemeanor child abuse. No further details released.

According to Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans, Helen Campbell, the principal at Walter Hill Elementary School, and Bonnie Marlar, a teacher at the school, were both charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

RCS says both Campbell and Marlar have been placed on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.

Teacher Bonnie Marlar
Principal Helen Campbell

Rutherford County Schools full statement:

Ms. Helen Campbell, the principal of Walter Hill Elementary School, and Bonnie Marlar, a teacher at the school, have been charged with misdemeanor child abuse by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department. 

As a school district, we have placed both on suspension pending the outcome of an investigation. 

We understand this comes as shocking information and that you want more details, but we are not able to release additional information at this time because of the ongoing law enforcement investigation. However, we want you to know that student safety is of the utmost concern, which is why we have acted quickly to this situation until it can be resolved.

The school will be open Monday and will carry on with normal operations with an interim principal in place. Thank you again for supporting the school and working with us through this situation.

James Evans, Rutherford County Schools

Sienna Holl is a parent to a child that attends Walter Elementary and gave a statement:

“I talked to another parent today, two other parents who both have kids there and we just, so hoping that this is just something blown out of proportion. For somebody who has dedicated themselves to making the school so great for so many kids, it’s just really hard to believe that that person would intentionally hurt a child, so we’re really all crossing our fingers that this is just some kind of misunderstanding.”

No details were given since the investigation is ongoing.

Both are due to appear in court on December 12th.

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