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Pinson Valley band director resigns following investigation into misconduct

From Trussville Tribune staff reports

PINSON — Embattled Pinson Valley band director Adam Bearden has reportedly tendered his resignation to the Jefferson County Board of Education.

Adam Bearden, Pinson Valley band director, tendered his resignation. Photo from Twitter

Bearden, who was pink slipped last year, was hired back following an outpouring of support from community members and students. The reasoning for his resignation has not been confirmed at this time, though the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department confirmed they are investigating an allegation made against the teacher.

Bearden, a native of Clay, was in his third year of teaching at Pinson Valley High School. He was part of the Shades Valley High School band while attending the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School for High School.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education and graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors at the University of Alabama while marching four seasons with the “Million Dollar Band”.

Before coming to Pinson Valley, Bearden taught for one year for Huntsville City Schools.

He is on paid administrative leave until May 25.


  1. Debbie Richardson Conner, have you seen this?

  2. Isn’t he one of the ones the kids protested over being let go last year? Kids duped by a “friendly” teacher and some parents who blindly support their kids.

  3. Dana Lardent says:

    Bad reporting. The superintendent said there is no real evidence of wrong-doing. The parents may not be so “blind”.

  4. Really…you just assume the parents “blindly” support their kids or that the kids were duped?

  5. Another article states “Superintendent Pouncey said there was no real evidence of wrongdoing, but he did say there was poor judgment used and immature behavior on the part of the teacher.”

  6. This article even says the reason for his resignation hasn’t been confirmed at this time.

  7. Angela Kiker says:

    As one of the parents, I know I was not being blindly supportive, as I did have a problem with his age and, AT TIMES, his maturity level. I also know the kids weren’t duped by the teacher. There is a lot left out of this story, so don’t be so quick to judge if you don’t know the situation.

  8. Mike Butts Wendy Schuffert Butts

  9. I knew there was something sketchy about him.

  10. Melissa Gilmore Clark did you see this?

  11. Melissa Gilmore Clark did you see this?

  12. Sarah Fry Hickman Robyn Ferguson Beasley have y’all seen this??

  13. Sarah Fry Hickman Robyn Ferguson Beasley have y’all seen this??

  14. I did Ashley Wilhite Hunt. We actually found out about it earlier in the week before this aired. Its very sad but unfortunately true.

  15. Bill Dooley says:

    The Sheriffs Dept got to do a investigation now

  16. Poor judgement and immature behavior, I’m not referring to anything else.
    And yes anyone who protested in support of him being rehired last year were duped. As proven by the fact he is being fired by the school and now investigated by law enforcement. Let’s just hope “poor judgement” and “immature behavior” is all they find.

  17. Bill Dooley says:

    This is not bad reporting it’s on the tv stations. Tribune didn’t make this up

  18. Yeah. I heard last week.

  19. i know him! lol i wonder what he did

  20. Dana Lardent says:

    Philip Sharpe I could make false reports about you and you be investigated….being investigated isn’t equitable with guilt. Why don’t you ask your friend who knows him if the parents were “duped”. You have direct access to someone that KNOWS.

  21. Philip Sharpe where does it say he was fired? Maybe he just wants to move on.

  22. We can play the ignorant word game and you can play stupid if you want Janice.
    Inappropriate and immature behavior, as stated by the school board, which has lead to an investigation by authorities is why he no longer has a job.
    Dana you are right, investigated does not equal guilt. Those findings will come out later. Also I do not need to “phone a friend” to form my opinion based on the facts we now know. Just goes to show goes kids opinions should not be the deciding factor of ones character. And it seems some adults also.

  23. He’s a really nice guy. Idk what he supposed did but I hope it isn’t anything drastic.

  24. I heard he’s a nice guy too. But apparently he has issues in exactly where to draw the line in the teacher/student relationship. And I’m not implying anything more than that before someone tries to state otherwise.

  25. IF this is true, what in the world is happening to our adults? These young ladies and young men AREN’T that “hot” that you can’t stop yourself from making sexual overtures! Most of these teachers and principals are married so that is not an excuse!

  26. Physiognomy is real.

  27. Titus Minnifield Trey Minnifield Debra Jem

  28. It is just so sad. He is an amazing teacher and hate this is happening to him

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