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Former Hammond School Leader Arrested In Tennessee

Chris Angel charged in connection with boating incident …

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The former head of South Carolina’s prestigious Hammond School was arrested over the weekend in connection with a boating incident in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Christopher Brent Angel, 52, of Chattanooga, was charged by agents of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) with two counts of boating under the influence and one count of recklessly operating a watercraft. He was booked on those charges at the Hamilton County detention center on Friday June 9, 2023.

Details of what led to Angel’s arrest were not immediately available. This news outlet has reached out to officials in Tennessee for more information, and are in the process of preparing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in the hopes of obtaining any releasable records.



Angel is president and head of school at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, a position he has held since July 1, 2021. Prior to that, he was Hammond’s headmaster from 2009-2021 and its upper school head from 2002-2009.

According to his online vitae, Angel is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has a masters degree in private school leadership from Columbia University in New York City. He graduated from the Baylor School in 1989.

As with anyone accused of committing any crime, Angel is considered innocent until proven guilty by our criminal justice system – or until such time as he may wish to enter some form of allocution in connection with a plea agreement with prosecutors related to any of the charges filed against him.

This is a developing story … please check back for updates.



Will Folks (Brett Flashnick)

Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.



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Facts June 11, 2023 at 9:31 pm

“ , James Henry Hammond, – a brutal slaveholder known for raping his brother’s four daughters as well as his sexual exploitation of enslaved women[10] – has been a source of enduring controversy.”

Sounds like a drunk bigot driving a boat fits right in with the schools’ namesake.

More facts June 12, 2023 at 7:40 am

“A Democrat, Hammond was perhaps best known during his lifetime as an outspoken defender of slavery and states’ rights.”

Facts June 12, 2023 at 7:54 am

Yup, racist Democrats from back in the day joined the Republican Party after the Democratic Party decided to not support Jim Crow and embrace Civil Rights in the mid 20th century.

Thanks for that pointing out.

Racists love and support todays GOP. Nazis, fascist, domestic terrorists and very angry stupid people make up the GQP now…..which are you?

Observer June 12, 2023 at 2:24 pm

Great point!

The Democrats of yore, you describe, are today’s Republicans.

And their base (you) support rapists, child molesters and crooks of all manner running for office or remaining in office.

Thanks, lil buddy!

Facts Hates Facts June 12, 2023 at 1:42 pm

Congrats on the dumbest internet comment of the day. Imagine trying to connect someone’s BUI charge to slavery and r*pe committed by the person who his former employer was named after before he was even born and then expecting people to think you’re a serious person.

Facts June 12, 2023 at 2:26 pm

Horrible people get a school named after them and, no surprise, horrible people end up working at and running the place.

How horrible are the students they let loose in the world?

Not Paul Murdaugh June 12, 2023 at 12:56 am

Why do we have to share a planet with these unevolved cave men who can’t operate a vehicle sober to save their life, or more appropriately, to save everyone else’s lives around them?

Observer June 12, 2023 at 2:28 pm

At least Paul’s Dad relieved society of his son unevolved caveman behavior.

The Colonel June 12, 2023 at 3:56 pm

Well this discussion devolved quickly…

Facts Hates Facts June 12, 2023 at 7:47 pm

Nice, you outdid yourself on the dumbest comment. Congrats. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence knows it’s ridiculous to generalize a group of people like that. I’m sure there are both wonderful and horrible people at that school, just like any other. But it was nice of you to so elegantly demonstrate that your use of the word ‘bigot’ was pure projection. ;-)

Facts June 13, 2023 at 9:13 pm

A bigot and rapist (of young girls) would be who the school is named after, the Hammond scum bag.

Sorry if those facts trigger you. And dangerous drunks are who are chosen to run the school. Another fact.

You trump voters sure do love your sexual abusers and bigots. Trump is a throw back to the times of Hammond and you love it, clearly.


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