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Nashville teacher placed on leave after multiple arrests, charges

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A Metro Nashville Public Schools teacher is on administrative leave after being arrested multiple times in the past six months.

Mary Wade was recently arrested on a felony charge of aggravated stalking, according to an affidavit.

Wade teaches at Hillwood High, according to online records. Metro Schools confirmed to FOX 17 News that Wade was placed on leave this week pending the investigation into her felony charge.

Affidavits obtained by FOX 17 News show Wade has been arrested multiple times in the past several months, dating back to June 2018. The charges are related to her husband, who she is separated from. Wade's husband has an active restraining order against her, which she's accused of violating.

Detailed in Wade's most recent aggravated stalking charge is the "continuing harassment" of the victim. Wade is accused of calling her husband's work asking if he was employed there and saying that the police were on their way to arrest one of their employees. Wade has reportedly posted from the victim's Facebook page and posted a photo of him during one of their court proceedings to Instagram, saying her husband "failed to protect her."

According to information from police and Metro Schools, Wade continued to teach at Hillwood High after her arrests last year.

FOX 17 News reporter Kathleen Jacob talked to parents about the decision to put the teacher on leave.

“I'm honestly a little bit in the middle about it. I think when you get to a point of being arrested that many times in a short period of time you'd have to look at a lot of different issues it would start to show that there might be some mental issues,” parent Bobby Rindhage said, “When it's that consistent it starts to show a trend that's not a stability I'd want around my child. I'd prefer they're with someone who's in a better mental state.”

“Five times in six months is a lot. She should have learned her lesson the first arrest, and she's a role model so what she does outside of the school does affect the children, it's not secret, whatever's hidden is gonna come out in the light eventually,” mother Sharon Shride said.

Still, other parents think Wade’s personal life shouldn’t impact her job.

“It seems like it's a personal thing between her and her husband or ex-husband and I don't see how that involves the school or any children,” Grandfather Lennie Minter, “A lot of people get demonized and things said about them, make a big mountain out of it, and a lot of times it’s not about anything.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.



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