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Adams injunction hearing rescheduled

Staff report • Updated Aug 15, 2019 at 1:43 PM

NORTON — An Aug. 26 hearing on an injunction to put suspended John I. Burton High School football coach James Adams back to work has been rescheduled to Aug. 20.


Wise County and Norton Circuit Court officials on Tuesday confirmed that the original hearing at the Wise County courthouse will now be at 9:30 a.m. at the Lee County courthouse in Jonesville. Circuit Court Judge Tammy McElyea will hear the case.

In a suggested temporary injunction draft filed Aug. 1 by Adams’ lawyers, Steven Minor and Richard Kennedy, the school board would be blocked from continuing Adams’ suspension upon posting of a $500 injunction bond on Adams’ behalf.


Adams’ status as a school system employee has been in question publicly since July 10, when the board voted to keep Adams as the football coach at John I. Burton High School and to move him from his teaching post at Burton to an in-school suspension teacher at Norton Elementary and Middle School.


Adams has been under paid suspension since June 24. He was notified by letter from Superintendent Gina Wohlford of such and that he was not to be on school property or be in contact with current students.

The board in June also hired the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police for investigative services. One of the students who accused him of sexual harassment at the July 10 meeting later confirmed that she had been interviewed by someone from VACP.


The Norton Police Department in July also referred another complaint of inappropriate conduct by Adams to the Virginia State Police for investigation.

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