Jefferson County teacher suspended amid investigation


DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Jefferson County elementary school teacher was suspended without pay for three days for an incident on August 11.

Details of the suspension of first-grade teacher Donnalyn Taylor at Talbott Elementary School coming in a letter from Director of Jefferson County Schools Shane Johnston.

In the letter, the alleged incident happened when Taylor pushed a chair across the room breaking it, causing a commotion in the classroom.

The letter detailing that the Department of Children’s Services did not consider Taylor’s actions to be abusive.

School officials learned in the investigation that the chair fragments did not strike a child.

The principal contacted the mother about the incident, and the mother saying that her child was unnecessarily dramatic when describing the event, and that her child was not struck.

Taylor also self-reported the incident, rather than waiting for a complaint from a parent or student.

Taylor was given a three-day suspension without pay and transferred to the county’s alternative school through the end of the year.


We’re learning about an investigation into a teacher with the Jefferson County School System.

Director of Jefferson County Schools Shane Johnston says a teacher at Talbott Elementary has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.

Johnston said the school’s principal began an investigation after learning about an “incident” that reportedly happened in a classroom.

At this time the nature of the incident has not been released.
We’ll be sure to stay on top of this and keep you updated when we learn more.

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