As more Americans discover great U.K. shows, it can be difficult to understand exactly where it’s all going down—is Downton Abbey near London? In what part of the city does Peep Show take place? Where the hell is the Doctor going when he’s not on another planet? Tim Ritz designed the map after trying to explain to his wife where certain events were taking place in a TV show.
Alexis lives in Rutherford county and is in the 8th grade at LaVergne Middle School. She is an Honor Roll student and a student athlete. On the morning of February 2, 2016, one of her teachers thought she was out of dress code and sent her to the office. Alexis texted her mom to ask her to bring her a change of clothes. When she got to the office Principal Cary Holman told her that she would need to either put on a pair of shorts provided by the school or go to ISS for the day. Alexis told Principal Holman that her mother was on the way with a change of clothes and that she did not want to put on the shorts provided by the school. He told her, “that was not an option,” and then walked with her to ISS. While walking to the ISS room, Alexis received back to back messages from her mother. Principal Holman grew upset because he thought Alexis was texting in front of him and asked Alexis for her phone. Alexis told Principal Holman that she was receiving texts from her Mom and not sending texts out. Alexis asked if she could call her mother before she gave him her phone. Principal Holman told her that she could not call her mother before giving him her phone. Alexis would not give the Principal her phone without first speaking to her mother. The Principal then called School Resources Officer Markel Draine. Officer Draine asked Alexis to give him her phone. Alexis agreed to give the Officer the phone if she could call her mother using the office phone. The officer told her that she would not be allowed to call her mother with her cell phone or the office phone. As she was asking Officer Draine and Principal Holman to call her mother Principal Holman began reaching around her body for her cell phone. Officer Draine then grabbed Alexis by the arm in an attempt to get her phone. Alexis, frightened, jumped away. Officer Draine then unexpectedly came behind Alexis and threw her to the ground. While Officer Draine was holding Alexis down on the ground Alexis screamed for help and yelled several times that Officer Draine was hurting her and attempted to call her mother. Officer Draine then grabbed her phone and threw it down the hallway. Alexis was able to get off of the ground and Officer Draine then pointed pepper spray at her. He then took her to Rutherford County Detention Center and asked for her to be detained overnight. Alexis has bruises on her body from being man handled by Officer Draine. Neither Principal Holman nor Officer Draine attempted to call Alexis’ mom before or during the encounter. Officer Draine called Alexis’s mother after he left Alexis at the Juvenile Detention Center. Alexis, at Officer Draine’s request, had to stay overnight at the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center. Alexis’ Mom informed Principal Holman that she (Alexis’s Mother) and her mother (Alexis’s Grandmother) are battling cancer and that was probably the reason Alexis wanted to make sure she contacted her mom before she gave up her phone for the remainder of the day. Principal Holman did not give Alexis time to explain this.
We are asking that you call the Rutherford County School Board and demand that Principal Holman be removed from his position as Principal at LaVergne Middle School because he allowed a minor dress code violation to turn into a School Resource Officer slamming an 8th grade girl on to the ground and being detained overnight at the juvenile detention center.
We also ask that you call the Rutherford County School Resource Officer’s Office and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and demand that School Resource Officer Draine be reprimanded and removed from his position as a school resource officer for violently throwing Alexis to the ground and abusing his position by requesting that Alexis - who was never violent with the principal or the officer - be detained overnight at the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center. Throwing a 14 year old girl to the ground for not giving up her phone is both unnecessarily violent and unacceptable.
Rutherford County School Board: (615) 893-5812
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer: (615) 898-7925
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office: (615) 898-7720
“I don’t dislike adult Disney fans (I am one) but a lot of them seem hellbent on making the Disney fandom an unsafe place for children. It’s worrisome because we know how much kids love Disney and it just seems like some people honestly don’t care about their well being.”