Gary Michael "Mike" Rogers II, 49

Born July 15, 1969

Died August 18, 2018

Rochelle Marie Thomas, 62

Born February 5, 1956

Died May 24, 2018

Hattie Coleman, 95

Born September 4, 1922

Died May 23, 2018


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Friday, May 25

Muskogee High School graduation
USS Runner Special Event

Saturday, May 26

David Cargill and John Simpson play

Sunday, May 27

Stevens Family at Cornerstone Church
Oklahoma Handgun Carry Course

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 8:16 AM

Valerie Ragsdale, a teacher at Ben Franklin Science Academy, is on administrative leave, according to a press release sent out by the Muskogee Public Schools, after she allegedly slapped a student on Monday.

“When the District first became aware of the incident, the district promptly started an investigation of the matter by our campus police and site administration. This investigation is on-going,” the release states.

“We are sending this case to the district attorney today,” Superintendent Mike Garde said this morning.

On the MuskogeeNOW Facebook page, numerous parents of other students have stated that Ragsdale has frequently been “physical” with students. Conversely, numerous others have stated she is an exemplary teacher.

As of this morning, District Attorney Orvil Loge had received no information about the case, which the schools said was a “personnel matter,” and therefore would release no more information.