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Judge reverses 2015 termination of Dr. Calvin Nicholas, former Scotlandville High principal

Dr. Calvin Nicholas (right) walks out of court on Aug. 21, 2017 with his wife (left) and his attorney, Jill Craft (middle). (Source: WAFB) Dr. Calvin Nicholas (right) walks out of court on Aug. 21, 2017 with his wife (left) and his attorney, Jill Craft (middle). (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A judge has reversed the 2015 termination of a former Scotlandville Magnet High principal.

Judge William Morvant made the ruling Monday morning, which reverses the termination of Dr. Calvin Nicholas.

Nicholas 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 Aug. 31, 2015, at Scotlandville Magnet High. Video of the incident shows Nicholas using the stick on a student.

The lawyer for Nicholas filed an appeal with the 19th Judicial District Court on Nov. 18, 2015.

On Nov. 11, 2015, 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.

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

East Baton Rouge school system released a statement Monday afternoon:

“We learned today of Judge Morvant's decision and the reasons therefor in the Calvin Nicholas matter. Obviously, we are disappointed by the decision and profoundly disagree with it.

We do not find it appropriate for employees to arm themselves with a stick or other potential weapon and strike students as a means of maintaining order. We are exploring our options as they relate to appellate review.”

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