Students assault Knox County high school teacher, 1 in custody

Students assault Knox County high school teacher, 1 in custody

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Ken Davis (source: Knox County Schools) Ken Davis (source: Knox County Schools)

POWELL (WATE) - Three students were involved in the assault of a Powell High School teacher on Monday while classes were in session. One student was taken into custody.

English teacher Ken Davis suffered minor injuries, was treated and returned to work Tuesday, said Knox County Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Faddis.

One student, a 15-year-old sophomore, was taken into custody by the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Administrators at Powell High School are investigating the assault.

"We are still out there gathering information taking statements from students and staff," said Knox County Schools Security Chief Steve Griffin.

Griffin says assaults on teacher aren't common, but they do happen in the school system. "We don't have it very often. We probably have it less than six times a year, but it does happen. I'm not going to say it's not going to happen," he said.

Griffin also says the Powell High is secure and additional security measures won't be needed. "We have a school security officer assigned there, a county deputy assigned there. We have an investigator that covers that school, but things are still going happen."

Candi Harvey's daughter goes to Powell High. Ken Davis is her English teacher and the student who was taken into custody is her classmate.

"My daughter was pretty shook up about it and I was a little worried," Harvey said. "If that could happen to a staff member, how are they protecting the kids as well?"

"He's a really great teacher so I'm glad that he came back and that reassured them that he was okay," Harvey added.

Griffin says assault falls under Knox County Schools' zero tolerance policy. So if the student is found guilty, he could be expelled from school for a year.

School officials remind students that if they see or hear anything that could result in a person being harmed, they should tell a trusted adult.

Davis has taught in Knox County Schools for the past 16 years, according to his bio page on the Powell website.

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