APRIL 26 UPDATE: A longtime Knox County elementary school music teacher is alleged to have slapped two students among other incidents, school system personnel records show.
Suzanne Shinn, most recently a teacher at Karns Elementary School, was placed on administrative suspension with pay April 18.
On that same day, she had an opportunity to offer her version of events, according to records. How she responded is not in Knox County Schools records obtained by 10News.
"It is alleged that you have placed hands on students and have slapped a student in the back," a notice from Becky Wuethrich, manager and discipline investigator, states. "It is alleged that you have slapped a student in the face and it is alleged that you may have struck a student with the cord of a recorder instrument after pulling it from around their neck with a break away cord."
The note does not indicate when the events are alleged to have happened.
County schools officials are now reviewing the allegations against Shinn.
Terms of her administrative leave dictated that Shinn turn in her keys and laptop. She also has to stay off "board of education" property and her access to her schools email account is suspended.
In January, Shinn submitted paperwork to retire at the end of school this May. The native Tennessean has taught in the Knox County system since the late 1970s, including stints at Cedar Bluff Primary and Inskip Elementary, according to records.
PREVIOUS STORY: A music teacher at Karns Elementary School has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation, a Knox County Schools spokesperson said Friday.
The spokesperson said the teacher is on leave with pay.
No other information has been released.