NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The suspect who was shot by Capitol Police after allegedly brandishing a pellet gun at the U.S. Capitol Monday previously had a lengthy career as a bus driver for Williamson County Schools (WCS).
News 2 obtained more than a hundred pages of Larry Dawson’s personnel file from WCS on Tuesday.
Many of the pages are unremarkable. The documents detail Dawson’s contracts over the years, including his salary.
But others stick out. In December 1994, Dawson was accused of leaving a student on his bus after school.
In Early 1995, then superintendent Rebecca Schwab recommended that Dawson be fired. He ultimately resigned instead.
But one year later, in 1996, Dawson was rehired by WCS. The files don’t indicate why.
Then, five years later, Dawson did something alarming. In 2002, Dawson wrote the first of two letters to a female student who was a passenger of his bus.
He compared the teenager to the Virgin Mary, urging her to have God’s baby.
In the second letter, written in 2003, Dawson said “God has chosen you,” and continued “just as the Virgin Mary was chosen by God.”
That year, after he was arrested for harassment, Dawson spoke to News 2 and defended the letters, calling himself a prophet of God.
“It was not so much about the young lady and myself, but it was based on the word of God,” Dawson said in 2003.
The student and the school district did not see it that way. Dawson was fired from his position as a bus driver and later charged.
Also included in Dawson’s personnel file is a lawsuit. Dawson filed suit against WCS, claiming he was fired because of his religious beliefs. That lawsuit was dismissed.