Supreme Court Upholds Suspension Of High School Student

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld a ten-day suspension of a student at Hillsboro High School in Nashville.   

On Sept. 5, 2008, Christian Heyne, a senior and captain of the football team, injured another student when he pinned the student’s foot under one of the wheels of his car.  The principal of Hillsboro High School conducted an investigation and determined that Mr. Heyne had violated the school rule prohibiting “reckless endangerment.”  Accordingly, the principal suspended Mr. Heyne for 10 days and placed him on probation for the rest of the school year.  The principal’s decision was reviewed and upheld by a disciplinary board, a representative of the director of schools, and the school board. 

Mr. Heyne and his parents filed suit challenging the suspension in the Chancery Court for Davidson County.  They argued that the disciplinary procedure violated Mr. Heyne’s due process right to a fair and unbiased hearing.  The chancery court agreed and held that the disciplinary process has been tainted by bias and procedural unfairness and the suspension was based on insufficient evidence. 

The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court and upheld Mr. Heyne’s suspension and probation.  Mr. Heyne and his parents appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court agreed with the Court of Appeals.  In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court determined that the disciplinary proceedings were not unfair and that the Heynes had failed to prove that the school officials were biased against Mr. Heyne.  The Court also found that the evidence supported the school officials’ decision that Mr. Heyne had violated the rule prohibiting reckless endangerment and that he should be suspended for 10 days. 

To read the Christian Heyne v. Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education opinion, authored by Justice William C. Koch, Jr., visit http://www.tncourts.gov/sites/default/files/heynec_opn.pdf.




Community Foundation Of Greater Chattanooga Names Maeghan Jones New President

The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (CFGC) has named Maeghan Jones as the foundation’s new president. Ms. Jones, who has been serving as president of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, will succeed retiring President Pete Cooper on  Jan. 1, 2016 . The appointment comes following a nationwide search. “Maeghan not only has the intelligence and organizational capability ... (click for more)

Ex-Chattanooga Marine Blasts Obama In YouTube Video That Goes Viral

Chattanooga Strong

The hearts, minds and prayers of Tennesseans, and of the entire nation, have been turned toward Chattanooga this month.  We are sickened and saddened by the senseless tragedy, and we grieve for the families of the five service members who were killed, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chanie's Puzzling Poem

Ronnie Joice was in a bar in north London when he spied a poem tacked to the wall. The more he studied it, the more it revealed and, suddenly, he was floored. I don’t need to tell you it has gone viral, cheering people up particularly in England, but it is fun to know it was written by an 11 th -grader at an all-girls school in New York. Chanie Gorkin first posted it on her page ... (click for more)

2015 High School Football Tour Recap

  High School football officially began Monday as prep teams throughout the state donned helmets and pads for the first time with the season opening weekend 24 days away.   The sixth annual chattannogan.com tour of Hamilton County schools began with Howard just before 7 a.m. and ended at Silverdale a few minutes before 10 p.m. – 13 schools and 173 miles. ... (click for more)

Three Marion Players On 2A Preseason All-State Team

Marion County's Corey Tucker, Christian Stephens and Alex Kirkendoll have been voted to the Star Physical Therapy Class 2A preseason all-state team in Murphy Fair's Tennessee High School Football magazine. Other area players on the team are Tellico Plains' Ryan Bookout, Boyd-Buchanan's Eli Legg and Sweetwater's Bailey Byrum.  Marion County finished as state runner-up ... (click for more)