LAFOLLETTE—Lonnie Vann, a history teacher and golf coach at LaFollette Middle School, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations that he took a female student off campus without prior authorization.
Larry Nidiffer, secondary schools supervisor for the Campbell County Board of Education, said the move is standard operating procedure for employees of the school system who are under investigation.
“If a teacher is accused of something, that’s all we can do until we get all the facts,” said Nidiffer. “The Sheriff’s Department has taken it over. It’s out of our hands now.”
Nidiffer would not elaborate on the action taken by the school department.
“It’s an accusation at this point. We know very little, and I can’t say anymore than I already have,” said Nidiffer.
Officials from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department remain tight-lipped about the investigation.