Neal A.P. is arrested for abuse

Hardyman indicted for willful abuse/torture of middle school student; set retire on Oct. 1

W.S. Neal Middle School Assistant Principal Donald Eugene Hardyman, Jr., who is set to retire effective Oct. 1, is now on administrative leave after being arrested and charged with torture and willful abuse of a child involving a fifth grade student at the school.

Hardyman, 56, 3035 Old Castleberry Road, Brewton, was arrested Friday following an indictment handed down by an Escambia County grand jury. He was released on $25,000 bond.

During an emergency school board meeting Aug. 16, the Escambia County School Board accepted the resignation of Hardyman, effective Oct. 1.

School Superintendent J...

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