Dwight King exonerated of drug charges
Bell School District will reinstate teacher
by Anthony Cloud Staff Writer
A Bell County Day Treatment teacher who was accused of trafficking drugs to students has been exonerated. The Bell County Grand Jury declined to return an indictment and returned a No True Bill on Aug. 30 in the case of Dwight Oliver King, 46, of Pineville.
King was arrested on two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school on April 9 by the Bell County Sheriff’s Office. King was accused of giving pills to students the Friday before spring break.
An administrative tribunal hearing was held on Sept. 10-11 at the offices of the Bell County Schools, according to a court document. The meeting was held in private.
At the conclusion of the hearing, tribunal members found that King did not demonstrate immoral character, did not engage in conduct unbecoming of a teacher and should be reinstated immediately by the Bell County Schools with back pay for the period of his termination beginning May 16.
During the tribunal, it was stated King’s phone was stolen at the day treatment school. The document states King received information that a student at the school had his phone. King allegedly told the student he would report the student to the police if he did not return the phone.
It was also reported in the tribunal that King had to write a report on another student who damaged some property at the school. The document states the two students later accused King of giving them Xanax, cigarettes and multiple other pills. The tribunal did not find the testimony of the two students credible.
Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-248-1010, ext. 208, firstname.lastname@example.org
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