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Principal not guilty of assaulting teacher

By Gheni_Platenburg
June 2, 2010 at 1:02 a.m.


A Victoria principal was acquitted of assault by contact on Wednesday.

About a dozen people packed Justice of the Peace Robert Whitaker's courtroom Wednesday morning to find out what would come of the case against William Wood Elementary School Principal Tammy Sue Heiman-Nobles.

"This has been a personnel matter," said Victoria school district spokesperson Diane Boyett. "Anything else was a legal matter that has been resolved today."

Heiman-Nobles was accused of assaulting Marie Michelle Flores, a teacher at the school.

The incident occurred at the school April 22, according to a complaint filed at Whitaker's office.

The complaint said Heiman-Nobles grabbed Flores' biceps, pulling her from a chair. Nobles then wrapped her arms around and squeezed Flores, pinning Flores' upper arms to her body. The incident stemmed from a dispute about TAKS results, according to a source close to the case.

Michael M. Kelly, assistant district attorney, prosecuted the case, while Keith Weiser defended Nobles.

The jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes before delivering a verdict of not guilty.

Witnesses were called, and Nobles testified on her own behalf.

Former president of the Victoria Federation of Teachers Dwight Harris said although he has no direct knowledge of this specific case, he knows the repercussions that can come from an incident of this nature.

"You don't want to see these kinds of things happening," Harris said. "If teachers don't get along with principals, then there is more focus on that than teaching the kids."

Neither Heiman-Nobles nor Flores could be reached for comment.

The Advocate also attempted to contact the attorneys and the Victoria Federation of Teachers for comment.

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