Aide resigns after being accused of hitting student

Jennifer Barnett - News staff writer
The Tennessean

A Metro teacher's aide accused of hitting , kicking and dragging an 8-year old boy with cerebral palsy resigned yesterday rather than go through the school district's disciplinary review process, said Tamara Sadler, Metro's director of employee relations.

Jennifer Gipson still faces possible criminal charges in the incident. The Police Department's Youth Services division was investigating the case, but Gipson had not been arrested as of late yesterday afternoon. A woman who answered the phone at Gipson's residence yesterday would not let a reporter speak with her.

Gipson is one of three Metro employees accused in the past week of hitting a student. David Heustess, a teacher of Kirkpatrick Elementary, has been charged with assault after a 6-year-old student's mother claimed the teacher slapped her son. A criminal complaint was also filed against another teacher, Whites Creek High School coach Dorris Armstrong, by a 15-year-old student who said Armstrong hit him on the arm with a baseball bat during an argument. Armstrong had not been arrested as of yesterday afternoon. He declined to comment about the incident. -----Jennifer Barnett