An Academy of Richmond County assistant principal was arrested and charged with DUI and driving without a license during the weekend.
William C. Henry was pulled over Saturday on Skinner Mill Road, where the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office had set up a road check for Operation Thunder, the county’s 90-day crackdown on driving offenses.
School system Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey said Henry will get a letter of advisement, which is not considered to be a reprimand but more of an acknowledgement of the incident and a request to do better.
Spivey said that although it is embarrassing for educators to be charged with DUI, it is not considered an offense that requires punishment by their employer.
He said the letter of advisement is the common response for a teacher or administrator charged with a DUI.
“It’s unfortunate, we hate it, but we talk to them and tell them we expect more out of our educators and give them a letter to back it up,” Spivey said.
Spivey said Henry has been with the school system for about 20 years and is in his first year of administration.