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Teacher's charges amended down

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SALYERSVILLE – The case involving a Magoffin County Schools employee has been remanded to district court, with the charges downgraded to a misdemeanor. 

On Thursday, August 1, a Magoffin County grand jury in circuit court failed to indict Jackie Howard, 48, of Salyersville, amending her charges down to assault under extreme emotional disturbance, a Class B misdemeanor. 

Howard was originally charged with third-degree assault of a school employee and second-degree terroristic threatening, both Class D felonies. By downgrading the charges to one misdemeanor charge, the case was automatically remanded back to district court. 

Howard, a teacher at South Magoffin Elementary, is accused of going to North Magoffin Elementary and assaulting another teacher on April 5, 2019. 

She appeared in court on Monday, pleading not guilty to the charge and a pretrial hearing scheduled for August 12 at 9 a.m. 

Magoffin County Schools Superintendent Scott Helton confirmed to the Independent that Howard’s status at the end of the 2018-2019 school year was that she was suspended and that the school district is allowing the court process to take place before taking any further actions. He said they will make decisions according to the court ruling, noting that he has contacted the Kentucky Department of Education and the standards board about the court case involving Howard.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
 

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