Springfield High Principal Resigns After Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

Springfield High School Principal Dr. Justin Grimes has resigned in the wake…

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Smokey Barn News
Tuesday September 23, 2014
Springfield, Robertson County Tenn.

Springfield High Principal Resigns After Allegations Of Sexual Harassment


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pringfield High School Principal Dr. Justin Grimes has resigned in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment last week, according to Robertson County School officials. Dr. Grimes submitted his formal resignation in a letter just two days after receiving a letter from the school board indicating that he was being suspended without pay pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations.

According to the letter Grimes received from the school board, the investigation was triggered after several complaints alleged that Dr Grimes sexually harassed employees of the Robertson County Board of Education.

According to Davis, the investigation into the allegations could have taken weeks. While the school board looks to identify a new Principal at Springfield High School, several office staff members within the Robertson County Schools corporate office will continue to manage the day to day responsibilities.

School officials have yet to comment on the specifics of the allegations or how many people were alleged to be involved. Davis did tell us that no students were involved in the allegations. Since Grimes has now resigned, the investigation into the allegations effectively stops and the report will not become part of the public record.

The allegations were not considered criminal and the police were never involved according to Robertson County Schools Press rep Jim Bellis. If Dr Grimes had decided to fight the allegations, all of the contents of the allegations would have become public record except for the names of the alleged victims, according to Robertson County Schools officials.

grimesDr. Grimes was a teacher at Springfield High and left to pursue other opportunities. According to the Robertson County Schools Website, Dr. Justin Grimes  returned to Springfield High School in 2011 to serve as Principal after serving as Assistant Principal at White House Heritage School for two years and as the Principal of Westside Elementary School for one year.


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r. Grimes taught Spanish and Social Studies for many years in several schools throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. He has also coached basketball, football, baseball and cross-country.

As soon as school officials name a successor for Grimes, Smokey will bring that to you.

Below: Grimes Resignation letter.

Principal Grimes letterREPORTED EARLIER

Smokey Barn News
Wednesday September 17, 2014
Springfield, Robertson County, Tenn.

Springfield High Principal Suspended On Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

grimes__justin1On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Springfield High School principal Dr. Justin Grimes was suspended without pay, pending the outcome of an investigation into formal allegations of sexual harassment, according to Robertson County Schools Director Mike Davis.

According to Davis, the investigation into the allegations could take a few weeks. In the absence of Grimes during the investigation several office staff members with Robertson County Schools corporate office will be taking over his responsibilities.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, Davis declined to comment on the specifics of the allegations or how many people were alleged to be involved. Davis did tell us that no students were involved in the allegations.

Davis letterAccording to the Robertson County Schools Press Rep Jim Bellis, Police are not part of the investigation.

Dr. Grimes was a teacher at Springfield High and left to pursue other opportunities. According to the Robertson County Schools Website, Dr. Justin Grimes  returned to Springfield High School in 2011 to serve as Principal after serving as Assistant Principal at White House Heritage School for two years and as the Principal of Westside Elementary School for one year.


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r. Grimes taught Spanish and Social Studies for many years in several schools throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. He has also coached basketball, football, baseball and cross-country.

Smokey interviewed Dr Grimes back in March at the dedication of Springfield High’s new Softball field. Click here for that report. 

Smokey has reached out to Dr. Grimes  for comment.

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