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Tribunal will decide fate of Clayton County educator accused of excessive force

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A Clayton County educator accused of using excessive force against students is waiting to find out if he can keep his job.

Riverdale High School Assistant Principal Genghis Shakhan is on paid administrative leave. A hearing before a tribunal panel to determine if he can keep his job wrapped up Friday afternoon.

Shakhan said the force used was not excessive but necessary.

"The young lady took her right hand, balled her fist, cocked her arm back," Shakhan said.

Shakhan testified about the three accusations of excessive force against students.

"I put my right arm over her torso," Shakhan said.

In each instance Shakhan said he restrained the students only after he felt others were threatened.

"After she stated she was going to shoot up the school, it became urgent because at that time she made a terroristic threat. My concern was for the students and the faculty," Shakhan said.

The accusations arose in October, just months into Shakhan's first year as assistant principal at Riverdale. His attorney calls his actions justified.

"Mr. Shakhan used the necessary force, used his professional judgment and did what was in the best interest of himself and the school," attorney Borquaye Thomas said. 

The school district believes Shakhan was more concerned about himself and colleagues than the students.

"He's unapologetic. He would do the exact same thing again. We have to be concerned about the students. We have to protect the students," the attorney said.

It will be up to the tribunal panel to be deliberate and decide if Shakhan can return to Riverdale High School. The decision will likely come in mid-March.

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