Warrant hearing set in Lee school incident

LEESBURG -- Lee County Magistrate Jim Thurmond has scheduled a warrant application hearing for Tuesday morning to determine whether an arrest warrant is justified in connection with an incident Monday at Lee County Middle School.

April Hogan contends her son, Stone Hogan, 11, was in a physical education class in the school gymnasium and was dragged off the floor by special education paraprofessional David Workman.

Hogan and her husband, Preston, contend the sixth grader suffered bruises on his arm as a result.

The incident was investigated by the Leesburg Police Department, which issued an incident report with a witness statement stating that "paraprofessional David Workman took juvenile victim by the arm and was walking him across the gym when Juvenile victim fell on the floor. The statement goes on to say that Workman then began to drag juvenile victim across the gym floor on his back and butt. Workman put the juvenile victim on the bleachers. Juvenile witness was crying."

Lee County School Superintendent Lawrence Walters said the school system also conducted a review of the incident.

"It's a personnel matter, so there is not much I can say about it, but we are aware of the accusations and they have been reviewed and discussed with the parent," Lee County School Superintendent Lawrence Walters said Thursday. "I'm satisfied with the review and the process that was done."

Walters added that there are no immediate plans to take any action and that it's important to remember that there are two sides to every story.

The police report also said there were several other witnesses and the incident remains under investigation.