Tate High School band director placed on administrative leave

(PHOTO: Escambia County School District)

The Escambia County School District is now confirming the J.M. Tate High School band director has been placed on administrative leave.

A top administrator within the school district told Channel 3 News Tate High School band director, Roy King, has been placed on leave.

We asked the school district why King was placed on administrative leave but they refused to discuss details.

King was the band director at LSU until he was terminated in April 2016, a report states.

According to The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, “King's termination letter accused him of, among other things, circumventing management directives by awarding scholarships to members of the Golden Girls dance team and flag girls of the color guard without proper approval.”

According to records, “without any admission of fault or liability, LSU paid $110,000 to settle the suit” The Advocate wrote.

The school confirms King took over Tate’s premier band called “The Showband” in 2017. Before he was at LSU, King was also the band director at Pine Forest High School.

Channel 3 News asked the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department if they have received complaints on King, and they said yes.

Channel 3 News spoke with several students. We will have a live report coming up on Channel 3 News.

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