Principal Accused of Assaulting Student Appears in Court

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A Nicholas County principal accused of assaulting a student appears before a judge with a "not guilty" plea.

15-year-old Dusty Green says everyday he thinks about an incident that happened at Nicholas County High School in February.

"I walk by the place where it happened everyday," says Dusty Green.

In the surveillance video outside the school given to 27 NewsFirst, Dusty Green is with the principal, Joe Orazen, when he says something to him and soon after gets picked up and thrown to the ground. He says the incident injured his collarbone.

Dusty Green also says this was the second argument he and Orazen had that day. The first was supposedly over a cell phone. He says he didn't know that the words he would say to the principal would lead to him being assaulted.

Today Joe Orazen appeared before the judge to answer to that assault charge. He quickly left the courtroom referring all questions to his lawyer, but not before letting the media know all the details of this case haven't been released just yet.

"Everything will all come out in its due time," Orazen said as he walked to his car.

"There's more to this case than what's shown in a 10 second video," says David Franklin, Joe Orazen's lawyer.

While David Franklin, says what Joe Orazen has to say will make a difference in the case.

"I think the law provides plenty of justifications when you're under the threats and situation that he found himself in," says Franklin.

Dusty's mother says to her, that doesn't matter.

"I just want him to be held accountable. I don't want it to be brushed under the table," says Michelle Green.

Both parties say they are ready for this case to be over.

Dusty Green is currently suspended from school for a different incident that took place after this one.

Joe Orazen is suspended without pay and can't have contact with Green.

He will appear back in court in April.


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  • by John Location: USA on Jun 23, 2011 at 06:37 PM
    Perhaps this principal has a mental illness, say PTSD from his time served in Iraq. It appears from the video which is evidence that This man who is under no physical threat from a minor,(he is a combat vet after all)and has no legal justification for physical force hence assault, and thus this man has committed a crime. Whether or not this man is a "good man" has no relevance. Good men do bad things and guess what, they even commit crimes. Emotional rationalization is expected from friends and family of both sides, but let us not forget that these accounts are biased and most often myopic not taking into account all of the variables in their correct perspectives. That is called in the field of propaganda, stacking the deck. This man's actions demonstrate impaired judgment, and demonstrate the effect the military has on the behavior and thought process of its assets and former assets. I was a soldier, that is just what I see. I could be wrong, but I think I am right.
  • by Aubry Location: Tennessee on May 13, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    Well I think that you all should shut up! Because the principal is guilty not dusty. He did nothing worng I would know I have know him since middle school
  • by dickson Location: tx on Apr 24, 2009 at 04:27 AM
    i know joe i served in iraq with him, hes a good man and it was probaly justified
  • by Ky mom on Mar 9, 2009 at 10:56 PM
    Okay the child looks like a rag doll being slug around. I can't believe that some people are taking up for the principle. Yes the boy is wrong in talking back to the principle but the principle is an adult and should know better.
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 7, 2009 at 04:48 AM
    Keep this brat at home & let the parents deal with him. Teachers have enough trouble teaching without little smart alecks in their classrooms. If the principal is going to be charged with assault then the brat needs to be charged with terroristic threatening! I've been involved at my children's school & I've seen first hand what goes on at these schools. Honestly they couldn't pay me enough to put up with these brats nor their parents! Someone here got it right when they said we need discipline & respect put back in the school system! How would parents like it, if the 1st time little Johnny got into trouble, he was suspended & suspended every time he was disrepectful in any way? The parents would have a fit! That's exactly what happened when the ELV suspended a mental challenged 1st grade student! This student was incapable of knowing right from wrong yet he was suspended. If schools can do it to this type of student, then the rest should be held accountable for their actions also!
  • by Kelly Location: KY on Mar 6, 2009 at 10:40 PM
    To Savannah Bird Girl: What you're talking about is called a body splash, which is when you throw yourself onto someone who's already n the ground or someone you put there yourself. Orazen didn't do that. He picked the kid up, tried to move him out of camera and eye sight range, and then tossed him onto the ground, at that point it looks like he knelled down and put his knee someone on the boy's back to keep him from getting back up. What Orazen did would be called a body slam since he didn't jump and land his whole body on top of the kid. Everyone needs to step back and think "If he had done this to my child, would he be able to give any reason for it that I would find okay?" Whether your child is an angel or the spawn of Satan, I can guarantee you that he wouldn't be able to say a single thing that you would accept.
  • by grumpy on Mar 6, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    they are going to have to give school leaders tazers so the staff can protect themselves from little out of control students if the student hurt the staff member you all would be saying goody
  • by ss minnow Location: Richmond on Mar 6, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    I have nothing but respect for the teachers and staff who work for our school systems. I have been an active parent at each school my children attended-elementary to high school. I have seen and heard things from students and teachers that would shock many parents. For those parents who think their kids can do no wrong-wake up! For those who feel their child should not be punished for their transgressions--keep them at home and take care of them yourselves! When kids are at school, there are rules to follow and consequences for breaking them. Don't like it, too bad. The teachers have no control any more because everytime you turn around, someone has a lawsuit against schools. I don't condone violence. I also don't condone smart-mouthed, respectless snots who think they are untouchable. I would not want my child "hurt" by any adult, but I also would not want my child being disrespectful and threatning anyone either. COmes to family-you don't mess around!
  • by From the Frontlines Location: Public Education on Mar 6, 2009 at 08:54 AM
    As a teacher in Kentucky I would like to encourage anyone to come subsitute for a day and then form an opinion. It's time for parents to get a pulse on your local school and the environment that your child is being educated in. I have done observations at schools that have very encouraging environments for their students to learn in...I've also been teaching at a school that has become a war zone over the years. There is so much pressure to acheive our NCLB goals that the focus on the educational environment has taken a back seat. I have been cussed at numerous times, intentionaly bumped into in the hallways by students that are mad at me, had co-workers property (cell phones, purses,etc) stolen weekly only to have the kid return days later and repeat the same crime. There are about 15-20 kids in our school that cause 70% of our problems and yet they keep coming back. I don't agree with what the principal did, but it's time to stop putting us in these volatile environments.
  • by cj on Mar 6, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    I honestly feel sorry for anyone working in our school systems because You can't win for losing. There are alot of students out there who disrupt the classrooms and nothing can be done about it because parents and every other do gooder blames the teachers and schools. You never heard of this stuff Forty years ago when I attended school because there was discipline, order and respect. If you could not follow these rules you were expelled, no discussion. It is sad because there is real child abuse in this world and then you have the "get even" kind from kids who know they can keep the adults in line by merely making a phone call. Funny this boy was suspended after this incident for an unrealted matter. That says volumes.
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