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1996 | School investigation accuses Donna Cockrel of inappropriate behavior

Updated: Jan 19, 2019

On September 3, 1996, the investigation by the Shelby County School District informed Donna Cockrel that her conduct during the Harrelson visit, and other instances, had been inappropriate. Based on the findings of the investigation, the district Superintendent gave Cockrel a private reprimand both for her conduct during the Harrelson visit and for other inappropriate actions that were discovered.

The criticisms specifically pertained to Harrelson's visit, which were also listed as reasons for her eventual discharge, including:  allowing hemp seeds to be passed around to her students;  allegedly lying to the administration about when she first learned Harrelson would be coming to visit;  failing to have all the visitors associated with the hemp presentation register at the school office;  and allowing a student to be photographed by the media without parental permission.

Click the links below to learn more about the Harrelson and Cockrel trials:



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