News Release: Leon County Schools
We have been notified that the criminal charges against Mr. Hankerson were dropped.
Mr. Hankerson’s status will remain in effect until an administrative review by the principal and administrators is complete. We anticipate a conclusion to this process in the next few days.
By: Julie Montanaro February 13, 2014, 9:55am
Charges have been dropped against a Leon.County school teacher accused of battering a student outside Rickards High School.
The state attorney dropped the misdemeanor battery charges after reviewing a video tape and all the interviews in the case.
There is no evidence to support a charge of battery against Earl Hankerson Meggs wrote in the order, “the intent of the teacher was to maintain order and insure the safety of the student in question and other students in the school.”
Hankerson was placed on administrative leave after his arrest. We are trying to get a response from the school system.
Statement from Leon County Schools
We were aware of an incident on the Rickards campus in late January. We communicated with law enforcement as they conducted an investigation into the matter. Mr. Hankerson has been placed on administrative leave during this process.
**Mr. Hankerson has been an employee of LCS since 1997.
News Release: Leon County Sheriff’s Office
Tallahassee, Fla. — On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into a disturbance that took place at Rickards High School between a teacher and a student.
Violent Crimes Detectives worked with school safety officials, conducted witness interviews and reviewed surveillance video in order to determine 39 year old Earl Hankerson III inappropriately grabbed a student who had been disruptive in class. Detectives confirmed that the student was told to leave the classroom after creating a disturbance.
As the student left the class, he exchanged words with Hankerson and then ran from him. Hankerson chased the student, caught him and physically held him against a parked vehicle. Detectives obtained a warrant for Hankerson’s arrest on February 7, 2014. Hankerson turned himself in at the Leon County Jail.