Regulation enforcement in Decatur County is investigating a former instructor in Bainbridge who’s accused of assaulting a 6-yr-previous scholar with autism.
Investigators say this occurred on the Pathways Instructional Program in Bainbridge in October.
The workplace of Solicitor-Common Benjamin David Harrell and the Decatur County Faculty Police are investigating the incident.
Avondika Cherry was arrested on November eight and has been charged with easy battery. Investigators say further costs towards Cherry might comply with.
In classroom safety video from October 9, investigators say you’ll be able to see Cherry hitting the scholar whereas one other scholar was within the classroom.
WARNING: The video could also be onerous for some viewers to observe.
On October 10, one other safety video exhibits Cherry chatting with a number of different employees members concerning the incident.
These employees members have been recognized as Melissa Williams-Brown and Phyllis Rambo.
That video could be seen under, however it has been edited to hide the identify of the kid.
Williams-Brown and Rambo have each been charged with failing to report baby abuse.
Pathways Director Jeanene Wallace stated Cherry and Williams-Brown are not employed at Pathways.
The Thomas County Faculty System operates this system that serves eight faculty methods in six totally different counties in South Georgia.
Wallace stated she was reviewing classroom footage and got here throughout the video.
She instantly referred to as regulation enforcement, the Division of Household and Youngsters Providers and the kid’s mum or dad.
“I’m grateful that regulation enforcement is taking it significantly. This type of conduct will not be tolerated,” stated Wallace.
Wallace stated the employees at this Decatur County location went by means of a coaching in August about baby abuse reporting.
“It hurts me to inform the mother and father that one thing occurred to their youngster,” stated Wallace.
Wallace has been with the varsity system for greater than 20 years and stated that is the primary incident she has ever come throughout on the Pathways program and hopes that it will not ever occur once more.
Wallace stated they supply academics with de-escalation coaching to assist train college students with studying disabilities.
The Thomas County Faculty system operates this system in Decatur County.
They use the Decatur County Faculty System’s facility.
DCSS employees stated that’s the reason the Decatur County Faculty Police are investigating as a result of it occurred on their property.
Decatur County Superintendent Tim Cochran spoke to WALB by telephone on Wednesday releasing this…