Charges not pursued in incident involving school board's Howard

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

BERRYVILLE -- The city prosecutor has declined to press charges against a school board member accused of assaulting Berryville Middle School Principal Shelly Pogue.

According to a report filed by Officer Craig Hicks, of the Berryville Police Department, the two were involved in a dispute on Jan. 17 in Pogue's office.

The incident was also witnessed by school counselor Linda Winkle, and Hicks gathered accounts from all three in his report.

According to those accounts, Todd Howard had approached the principal to discuss a student she referred to the court system for excessive absences. He said he thought the student had been "hammered," and that many others in the school had been similarly dealt with.

Poage reportedly told Howard she had followed school board policy and state laws, and then declined to discuss the matter further, citing student confidentiality protections.

It is not clear what happened next. However the report states that, in the ensuing discussion, Pogue told Howard she felt he was trying to intimidate her.

Howard then stood up, shook her hand across the desk and told her that if he were trying to intimidate her, she would know it. Then, according to the report, he left.

On his way out of the building, Howard ran into Hicks and told him Pogue was looking for him. He told the officer that Pogue felt he "was trying to intimidate and threaten her" and had complained that he damaged her hand.

He told Hicks he did have a firm hand shake.

According to the officer's report, Pogue was willing to file charges against Howard. However, Berryville Prosecutor Shane Kerr later decided the charges were "unfounded" and declined to pursue them.

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  • What Todd Howard needs to understand is that he was elected as a school board MEMBER, not school board SHERIFF. He doesnt have the right to show up at school whenever he wants and change policy to his liking. The very fact that he showed up there at all should be considered bullying and he should have been reprimanded for it. Im not sure we as a community and a school district can afford Todd Howards form of government for another 3 years.

    -- Posted by alwaysbobcattrue on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 8:57 AM
  • Mr Howard couldn't have telephoned, written and sent a certified letter or even e-mailed Ms Pogue? On the other hand, Mrs Pogue wants to wear 'Big Boy Pants' then plays the 'Threatening Card' when a man disputes her heavy handed decision. I think both parties are pathetic and the child and his parents should be ashamed for their role in this debacle.

    -- Posted by Nikosan on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 10:47 AM
  • i personally know mr.howard.he is a very hard working man,with a long list of respected friends in our small town.i think that maybe our school board needs more members that our truly concerned about what is being done in our schools.as far as him trying to bully her ,THAT IS A JOKE.maybe the school needs some shaking up.i know that i have had two kids go thru that awful school.i am a grandmother raising a grandchild.and i will NOT put him in this school.i had one child that needed special education from the first grade.we were told there was nothing wrong with her.they keep passing her along each grade.they would not test her untill 8th grade.only then because i had to raise hell about the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT.i guess my kids education didnt matter.her freshman year she was bullied so bad,that the school told us they had to place for her there.so forgive me a minute if i dont jump on the GET RID OF HOWARD BANDWAGON!this school is more worried about funding and grants to help illegals,than to help the children that are born and raised in the backyard.i think that they promote football,and other sports instead of getting rid of the clicks,and to focus of the education part.if your last name does hold much weight in the community,and you have a opinion,well they dont want you.i am happy to see that todd howard really cares about the future of this school.LORD KNOWS SOMEONE ON THE BOARD NEEDS TOO.they let the kids bully,and abuse other children.i have witnessed it on many occassions.and i am not speaking of just my own child.i have seen this done in front of the teachers,and they just ignore it.well these kids that get bullied often get enough.so maybe the school board should stop avoiding the real problems with thier school.and stop worrying about on man on the board that is not MR.POPULAR!!!!!I GUESS THEY WILL FIND AWAY TO GET RID OF HIM.

    -- Posted by kimberly b. on Fri, Feb 1, 2013, at 12:02 AM
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