The Investigators: Lawyer for fired Scotlandville principal files appeal

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The lawyer for a fired Scotlandville principal filed an appeal with the 19th Judicial District Court Wednesday afternoon.

On November 11, a retired judge who served as a hearing officer ruled in favor of the school board agreeing with East Baton Rouge Superintendent Warren Drake's decision to fire Nicholas.

Nicholas, the former principal of Scotlandville Magnet High School, was fired for using a stick to break up a fight. Nicholas said he did use a stick to break up a fight that broke out on August 31 at Scotlandville Magnet High. Video of the incident shows Nicholas using the stick on a student.

A hearing to determine whether or not Nicholas would get his job back was held on November 2.

The school board has always said Nicholas violated policy that strictly states no corporal punishment.

Jill Craft, the lawyer for Nicholas, released the following response on Wednesday:

Dr. Nicholas appeals the decision of the School Board's Hearing Officer not only to vindicate his rights but to protect the rights of all School Board employees. He, like all other employees of the School System, were and are being sent into our public schools every day without any tools, training, or mechanisms to handle the ever-increasing levels of violence. Instead of offering solutions, training, or even the most basic information for our educators on how to stop violence in our schools, the School Board has chosen to make an example of Dr. Nicholas, a true hero.

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