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Charge Dropped Against Teacher Accused of Biting Student

John Hickey has been reinstated as a Harford County Public Schools teacher and reassigned to a different school.

A teacher one of his students has since been cleared of an assault charge and reinstated with Harford County Public Schools.

, a lawyer for former teacher John Hickey, issued a release this week announcing the outcome.

On June 10, 2011, Hickey was falsely accused of biting a 10-year-old female student on the wrist and was immediately placed on administrative leave, according to the release.

Hickey, a Jarrettsville resident, was issued a criminal summons on a second-degree assault charge in August 2011 based on the allegation. Later that month, recommended Hickey be fired, and the teacher was placed on leave without pay, the release states.

Criminal charges were dropped by the on April 17.  But Hickey, his family and lawyer said it wasn't enough to have the charges dismissed.

"Those assault charges should never have been brought in the first place. That's why we petitioned, and succeeded, in having the charges EXPUNGED," Carey said in the release.

A phone call seeking comment from the state's attorney on why the charge was dropped was not immediately returned.

An independent hearing examiner recommended the school board reinstate Hickey. On June 25, the school board approved the recommendation and restored Hickey's back pay, benefits and seniority, according to the release.

"That was just about as complete an exoneration as we could have wanted. It will never, of course make up for what John Hickey and his wife and family underwent in the past year," Carey said in the release.

Hickey will not return to Fountain Green, but instead teach third-grade at Deerfield Elementary in Edgewood during the coming academic year.

stephen getz August 09, 2012 at 09:20 PM
The truth is this entire unfortunate incident would never have occurred if the principle had any common sense and set up a teacher/parent meeting that very day. Her incompetence caused ALL the following hardships to My Hickey. I agree she should be fired.
Melissa Grubowski August 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM
John. Hickey is the most upstanding teacher and person. My children went to FGES and my oldest was fortunate enough to have him in 4th grade. He was funny, knowledgable, attentive, and always had time to listen. To this day she still talks of her 4th grade year and how much Mr Hickey helped her that year. We have run into him over the years and he always took the time to ask about my children by name. I was so impressed with him that year I wrote him a letter thanking him for being. So wonderful at his job. I heard about this last June and my immediate response was I didn't believe the allegations. I feel so relieved that he has been exonerated and can only hope he and his family can someday. Put this behind them. Love ya Mr Hickey. The Grubowski Family
Hickey Supporter August 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM
The principal escalated this unfortunate incident by becoming judge, jury & executioner without gathering any information. This is not the 1st incident with the principal and her lack of judgement. My son had Mr Hickey & absolutely adored, respected & flourished in his classroom. I am sad my daughter will not be able to have him as a teacher! Congrats Deerffield for getting Mr Hickey!
famfirst August 13, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I think that Mr. Hickey should have gotten his former job back at FGES. Why should he have to travel so far much further from home and start over at a brand new grade level? Hmmm, but I'm sure that would cause a conflict with the current administrator (prefer not to use the term, "principal", as the definition implies a high level of character, which she does not exhibit). So here's an idea - how about reassigning Mrs. Gerringer to another school? Her lack of professionalism and good judgement caused this problem to begin with. I wonder if she was just a tad self serving in attempting to use the experience as an opportunity to further her steady march to the top (watch out Mr. Tomback). Mrs. Gerringer has had NOTHING but a toxic effect on the school since she arrived. I vote for Hickey in, and Gerringer out.
Didiem August 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Sounds as though the superintendent of Harford County Schools was really out there supporting one of his own.....not.

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