Former Brindlee Mountain High School principal David McCollum’s three criminal cases were heard Monday in Arab Municipal Court where a plea agreement was reached in two.
McCollum, 40, was charged with three counts of domestic violence involving two victims. One case was DV unlawful imprisonment and DV third-degree and the other was DV harassing communications.
McCollum was accused of hitting a woman on her “shoulder, head and arms,” and not allowing her to leave his residence.
Arab police officers responded to the call March 14 to McCollum’s residence on Fairway Drive, but he had already left the residence by the time police arrived.
Arrest warrants were later issued and McCollum was arrested at his residence on April 8.
Under the plea agreement, McCollum was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 80 days being suspended, a $500 fine, court costs and two years probation.
If he completes the following within six months, the jail time will be dismissed:
• No contact with the victim;
• Commit no new criminal offenses;
• Complete an intensive mental health program;
• Complete mental health counseling and follow all recommendations of mental health professional;
• Cannot possess or own any firearms.
The other DV charge was continued to Nov. 15 for further evaluation on the previous cases.
McCollum was most recently principal at Banks-Cadell Elementary School in Decatur.
He was placed on paid administrative leave last month for “potentially problematic interactions” with school staff.
McCollum was told to stay away from Decatur City Schools property, and his contract wasn’t renewed for the next school year.
Before becoming a principal in Decatur, McCollum served as principal of Brindlee Mountain High School and Brindlee Mountain Primary School.
He also was one of five candidates granted interviews by the Arab Board of Education two years ago during the board’s search for a superintendent. Dr. Johnny Berry was eventually hired.
(This story first ran in The Arab Tribune and is reprinted here with permission.)