March 1, 2015
A John Hardin High School teacher was arrested Thursday night on various charges, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, during the school’s boys’ 17th District Tournament basketball loss to Elizabethtown High School.
Leslie Anna McCurry, 36, was asked the leave the Central Hardin High school gym, where John Hardin was playing Elizabethtown, “multiple times” by police after being identified as “disorderly” by referees, cursing in front of the crowd and refusing police orders to leave, according to Elizabethtown Police Department and her arrest citation.
School officials said in a statement they are “disheartened and embarrassed” when such incidents occur, but “will allow the legal process to take its course.”
McCurry visited EPD headquarters Friday, filing a complaint following her arrest, according to EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby.
“The matter is under investigation,” Hardin County Schools spokesman John Wright said. “If there is any disciplinary action, it will be after the investigation is over.”
The incident took place at about 7:20 p.m. at the Central Hardin gym where John Hardin lost in the district semifinals, 63-50, according to police.
McCurry, who teaches social studies at John Hardin, became “highly upset” during the game, refusing requests from staff and police to calm down and later to leave the gym, according to EPD.
When placed under arrest, McCurry, whose brother is John Hardin boys’ basketball coach Jared McCurry, pulled her hands away from officers while cursing and repeatedly calling them vulgar names, according to a citation.
After being handcuffed and taken to the police cruiser, McCurry again refused to comply when asked to enter the vehicle, according to an arrest report.
McCurry eventually was taken to the Hardin County Detention Center and booked on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, menacing and third-degree criminal trespassing. She was released Friday afternoon on an unsecured $500 bond.
School officials released the following statement Friday morning:
“Hardin County Schools is aware of Ms. McCurry’s arrest and the charges against her. The matter is under investigation. We will allow the legal process to take its course.
“Our district has high expectations for its staff and students and believes individuals should accept responsibility and be held accountable for their actions. As expected, our community places an elevated standard on those with the title of teacher and leader. We also know that students look up to their teachers as leaders in and out of the classroom. Whether in the classroom, a school or community function or personal activity, we hope that members of the HCS family represent themselves and our district in a professional manner. We are disheartened and embarrassed when actions occur that are contradictory to these characteristics.”
Jared McCurry was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter after receiving a second technical foul. The first was at the end of the first half.
The criminal trespassing charge is a violation, while menacing and disorderly conduct are Class B misdemeanors, punishable by a fine or up to 30 days in prison, or both. Resisting arrest is a Class A misdemeanor, which can carry a fine and up to a year in prison, if convicted.
She is scheduled to appear at 8:45 a.m. March 16 in Hardin District Court.
By Judah Taylor