An Eagleville coach and teacher has been suspended without pay and will be assigned to a new school following a district investigation into a cell phone video showing him allegedly rubbing a female student’s back, Rutherford County Schools said.
James Evans, communications director for RCS, provided this statement:
“Travis Holland, a world history teacher and baseball coach at Eagleville School, will receive a 10-day unpaid suspension, reassignment to a smaller school, removal of all coaching duties and be required to complete counseling through Rutherford County’s Employee Assistance Program.
“Holland has been charged internally with ‘conduct unbecoming a member of the teaching profession and inefficiency,’ by Director of Schools Bill Spurlock.
“The district launched an extensive investigation after first being provided with a video of Mr. Holland rubbing a female student’s back during class. The results of the investigation revealed Holland had neglected his classroom duties as a teacher multiple times and neglected to maintain appropriate teacher/student boundaries and professional interactions.”
The statement also said RCS will notify the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Office of Educator Licensure.
In late March, Evans said police and the Department of Children’s Services reviewed the case, but they declined to pursue an investigation. RCS suspended Holland at that time so it could conduct its own investigation.