Dudley teacher had an assault record (N&R)

 It’s deja vu.

Today’s News & Record reports the teacher that was charged for allegedly assaulting a student at Dudley High School had a reportedly shaky history, according to published reports.

So either background checks didn’t catch Social Studies teacher Robert Bullard’s past, or it did and it was too late.

I said deja vu at the top of the post because GCS went through this before, I think it was a couple of years ago where a teacher was hired with a checkered history that wasn’t thoroughly examined.

Why is it that GCS seems to be playing defense lately instead of offense?

N&R: Robert Lee Bullard, 59, of Greensboro was charged Tuesday with simple assault. He is accused of punching student Tyrick Glover in the face at school on Nov. 13, according to arrest warrants.According to court records, Bullard’s criminal record dates back at least 13 years to when he admitted to hitting a Danville, Va., man with a trophy, breaking his arm and sending him to the hospital.

Bullard pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and avoided a trial. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail, placed on probation for five years, and ordered to pay court costs and restitution, records show.

Superintendent Terry Grier said Thursday that he was startled to hear about Bullard’s record.

“If true, that is very disturbing,” Grier said. “You can be assured that we will launch an immediate review into how we are conducting criminal background checks.”

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Honestly, is that the best you can do?

Oh…I forgot who we’re talking about…our illustrious superintendent of the year!

But wait…there’s more: Sharon Glover, the mother of the Dudley student, was angry when told of Bullard’s record.“That’s bad,” Glover said. “They are supposed to go back and see who is being allowed around your kids.”

She said the school system promised her paperwork and pictures from the assault, which she has yet to receive.

“I’ve called, but I haven’t gotten any kind of answer,” she said. “They want me to let it go, but I’m not going to let it go.”

Other parents also said they were concerned when told about Bullard’s past.

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Ms. Glover, I hate to say it, but this is your county government you’re dealing with. Unfortunately, I think you’re going to be waiting a while.

GCS…always on defense, never on offense.

E.C. 🙂

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