Colbert principal cleared of all allegations

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

COLBERT, Okla. -- Colbert police say all allegations of abuse against a child by elementary school Principal Gerald Thompson have been cleared.

Tuesday, Jacinda Degarmo says her son Collin came home from West Ward Elementary with bruises on his back and shoulder. Those bruises are not a result of a spanking given by principal Gerald Thompson; after Collin flashed an obscene gesture at a teacher.

Colbert Police Chief Bryon Gordon says that surveillance video of the incident confirms the bruises on Collin’s back did not come from the spanking, clearing Thompson of child abuse allegations.

Gordon also says the letter turned in by the Degarmo's not giving school officials permission to use corporal punishment on their son was never filed in the child’s folder.

Authorities say the case has been handed over to child protective services and the department of human services for further investigation.


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