By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Months after Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School postponed a fall festival, reportedly due to security concerns regarding a parent identified as Jackie Shook, she has recently filed two civil warrants in the Wilson County General Sessions Court against the schools Student Resource Officer and another parent.
The latest complaints filed on Jan. 13 and Feb. 1 follow several others filed with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department in 2011 regarding Shook allegedly videotaping and photographing another parent and her child on school property.
One warrant alleged that TXR SRO Pete Mecher has filed false police reports about Shook, followed and intimidated her child at school, making the child cry as well as yelling and throwing his hands in air when he was asked to write down what another student said to the child in class.
In July 2011, Wilson County Schools Director of Safety David Burton sent a letter to Shook that barred her from coming onto campus. The letter was later changed to allow her to come onto campus in order to pick up and drop off her child. Mecher filed a report in October 2011 stating Shook entered the school building to pick up her child, although she was neither arrested nor charged.
Mecher also was involved in a report filed by Shook in September 2011 that claimed her daughter was nearly struck by a vehicle in the school parking lot, insinuating that it was not an accident because of her history at the school. In the report, Mecher said the child was not in danger of being hit by the vehicle.
The civil warrant filed against Mecher is for $25,000 plus court costs and medical bills. Mecher received a summons on Feb. 1 and was moved from TXR on Feb. 2 to another school.
Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis said the move of Mecher was possibly linked to the situation, but noted the SROs are placed in schools and overseen by the Sheriffs Department. Sheriff Terry Ashe referred all questions to County Attorney Mike Jennings.
On Feb. 3, a parent and teacher at TXR, Tammy Barrett, sent an email to Ashe issuing her support of Mecher, and noted the schools students and staff are disappointed with the move. Barrett said the teachers and students trust Mecher, and her child was saddened that he was moved.
He is a vital part of our community and knows our families and supports them as well as our teachers, Barrett wrote. I do hope that this is a temporary move and that he will return to TXR soon because we all love, trust and respect him.
In his reply, Ashe wrote that Mechers transfer was in no way a disciplinary action and that he stands beside and behind Mecher 100 percent. Ashe indicated he has had many conversations with Davis on this issue and said, the system has failed miserably.
This issue is a civil matter and until the school system files a restraining order on any parent, for any disruption of our school system, my hands are tied, Ashe wrote to Barrett.
Shook also filed a civil warrant on Jan. 13 against Ashley Davis, another parent at TXR, claiming Davis filed a false police report against her and is claiming Davis caused punitive damages, defamation of character. The warrant is for $25,000 plus court costs of approximately $162.
John Meadows of the Law Offices of Hugh Green, who is representing Davis in this case, said the suit is a very questionable lawsuit. He noted that Davis is expecting the claims to be dismissed in court.
In October 2011, Davis filed a complaint with the Sheriffs Department stating Shook was videotaping and photographing her and her son on several occasions as they were exiting the school building.
Allen Woods, attorney with the Law Offices of Woods & Woods in Nashville, who represents Shook, has previously said those allegations were false. However, Woods noted Thursday that he is not representing Shook in this civil case.
Jennings said that Shook had made several bullying complaints with the school administration, indicating her child was being bullied, but Jennings said the school investigated those claims and found them to be without merit.
Jennings said the Wilson County Board of Education has authorized him to take any legal action that can resolve the issue.
I have issued her a letter that says she is not to come onto campus at any time for any reason except to drop off and pick up her child and she is not allowed to exit her vehicle or have any contact with anybody, parents, teachers or administration, Jennings said.
He said the letter was sent on Wednesday but he was not sure she received it by Thursday. Jennings noted the Sheriffs Department had deputies at the school with a copy of the letter to hand-deliver if Shook came onto campus this morning.
Both civil warrants filed by Shook are to be heard in court on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 9 a.m. In the meantime, Jennings said the Sheriffs Department has assigned a different SRO at TXR.
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.