CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has charged an elementary school parent after he assaulted his child’s principal Thursday afternoon.
The sheriff’s office said Tandrea Laquise Sanders of Clarksville is facing charges after physically assaulting Glenellen Elementary School principal Emily Clark. School surveillance cameras captured footage of Sanders after the alleged physical assault around 1:15 p.m.
The assault happened in the school building during a meeting between Clark and Sanders. The sheriff’s office said Sanders fled the school before school resource officers arrived at 825 Needmore Road.
Sanders is currently in jail.
“As parents and community members, we are absolutely fed up. Our SROs work tirelessly to keep our school campuses safe for students and school staff. Dealing with a teenage student’s behavioral issues is hard enough, now we have a parent who feels he can come to the school campus and act that way. It’s not the first time this has happened. Well, I can tell you that circumstances like this will not be tolerated. I spoke with District Attorney Nash this morning about this incident and will ensure that Sanders is prosecuted to the fullest extent possible. A message must and will be sent. The example starts here with Sanders and this incident.
Sheriff John Fuson said he is pushing for seven new school resource officers in the new county budget due to an increase in aggressive activity at some of our high schools and colleges.
“It creates a staff change that forces some of our elementary schools to start over; now SROs share one SRO. This is the case of Glenellen. Seven additional ORS have been requested for the next school year to ensure a 1:1 ORS to school ratio in our elementary schools and a 2:1 ratio for some of our middle and high schools,” said the office of the Montgomery County Sheriff.
School district officials told News4 that Clark is recovering and school officials are taking this situation seriously.
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