E. Tenn principal to plead guilty for student assault

Thomas Q. Zachary
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HANCOCK COUNTY (WVLT) – A Hancock County elementary school principal will plead guilty in court on Friday for assaulting a student.

According to the school system, the assault occurred on November 1, 2007 at Hancock County Elementary when Principal Thomas Q. Zachary was administering “corporal punishment” to a young student with a large wooden paddle.

The court report says Zachary administered “two series of assaults” to the child’s backside within a 15 minute time period, and the child had to be taken to Wellmont Hancock County Hospital’s emergency room for treatment.

Corporal punishment is allowed in Hancock County schools, but strict guidelines must be followed.

It is still unknown if the school system or Department of Child Services will take action against Zachary.

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