Williamson County School superintendent receives hearing date on assault charge


Williamson County School superintendent receives hearing date on assault charge

By MATT BLOIS

After waiving an initial appearance in court, Williamson County Schools superintendent Mike Looney is scheduled to appear in court for a hearing related to a misdemeanor assault charge at 9 a.m. on March 27.

An arrest warrant from the General Sessions Court of Williamson County says Looney was scheduled to make an appearance in court on March 8. During that initial appearance he would have received a date for a hearing, but his attorney waived the initial appearance.

Looney is charged with assaulting a student at Franklin High school while she was having what police called a “psychological emergency.” According to a police affidavit Looney grabbed the student and brought her to his car even though the student’s mother objected. The statement also says he acted aggressively towards the student’s mother and made her fear for her safety.

Looney has denied the allegation that he assaulted a student. Williamson County Schools released a statement that disputes the assault charge as well. It says Looney was assisting a student in crisis.

After reviewing a video of the alleged assault, the Williamson County School Board also adopted a statement that says Looney was within his discretion as an administrator trying to defuse a difficult situation.

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