(Memphis) An assistant principal at Whitehaven High School was arrested on Sunday for drunken driving. He was suspended from his job with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.
35-year-old Terence Bobo was also charged with reckless driving, refusal to take a breathalyzer test, public intoxication and having an open container in the car.
An arrest ticket shows the arresting officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol from Bobo's breath and saw a half-empty liter of Hennessy on the back seat of Bobo’s black Chevrolet Tahoe.
Bobo was charged in 2009 with sexual exploitation of a minor, tampering with evidence and failure to properly report an incident while he was an assistant principal at Melrose High School. Those charges have since been dropped.
At the time, he was accused of confiscating a student cell phone with a recording of students having sex then downloading the video onto a computer instead of properly reporting the incident.
No one at the Bobo home wanted to comment on Monday, but his neighbor came to his defense.
“He has been an outstanding neighbor, I mean, supportive. Works with the kids, encouraging, I mean to me he’s just an awesome person,” said Bobo’s neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous.
“I don’t see him doing anything like this,” he said.
Meanwhile, Whitehaven High School students told News Channel 3 they were not surprised at the DUI charge at all.
Cynetria Burks, a junior at Whitehaven High School, said, “If him and a student get to joking, he’ll be like, you must not know my boys will get out here and jump on you. You know, he’ll be talking like that. I don’t know if he’ll be joking or he’ll be serious.”
Such chit-chat makes Burks and her brother, Aaron Neal, get a certain impression of Bobo as a person who might get into such trouble.
Still, Burks said, “He is kind of a nice, sweet person. He kind, he thoughtful and stuff, so I be feeling that he getting caught up with the wrong people at the wrong time.”