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Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Bond Set at $250K for Brookland Band Teacher

January 3, 2008 - Posted at 4:39 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- The Brookland band teacher accused of dressing as Santa and attacking his superintendent was in court Thursday. Bond was set for 33-year-old Steven Vaughn at $250,000 and he was ordered to relinquish his passport. 

But while decisions were made in the courtroom, classes went on as normal.

"We got back to a good start. we have talked to the students who are in the band classes, we are providing counseling, if needed to those students who are affected," said Brookland principal Steven Hovis.

Students were back in the classroom at Brookland school Thursday after a holiday break.  But band teacher Steven Vaughn didn't return to his classroom...he returned to the courtroom where he appeared before a judge for his bond hearing.

His family and friends were in the courtroom as the judge made the ruling.

"Did you think the bond was set too high?" asked reporter Heather Flanigan "No, no, everything is ok. We're just here to support them," said a woman who would only identify herself as a friend of the family, "They are not doing good."

In a telephone interview, superintendent Kevin McGaughey said "I am disappointed in his bond.  It was extremely low considering the crime. This is a travesty and puts a lot of people at danger.  My family and I are still healing and have a lot of healing to do and we are very disappointed."

Although Vaughn is still technically an employee at the Brookland School District, band students are being taught currently by a substitute teacher.

"From what I have seen in the hallways today, the kids are reacting very well, they are back on a regular schedule. they have not had a lot of interruptions in the day, we're back, basically to regular classes," said Hovis, "The faculty is doing very well with it. I have talked with several teachers in the hallway and again, their main concern, as well as all of ours are are the kids here and getting back to the normal schedule. But we are watching out for the kids basically at this time."    

Vaughn was also ordered not to have contact with anyone from Brookland School's administration or any of the school board members and has been banned from the campus.  He is expected back in court on January 28th. 

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