ATHENS, Ga. -- A middle school teacher resigned following his arrest outside of a downtown Athens bar where police said he held a stun gun as if it were his penis, discharging the device at passersby.
Meredith Grayson Watson, 44, of Athens, was arrested Nov. 19 outside the Roadhouse on North Lumpkin Street and charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
Watson, who was a technology teacher at Newton County’s Indian Creek Middle School in Covington, resigned soon after he was arrested, said Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of public relations for the Newton County school system.
“He is no longer with us,” she said Tuesday. “After the incident, he submitted his resignation.”
Watson did not say why he resigned, according to Davis-Viniard, who said the reason seemed apparent based on the timing.
“He did it right after he was arrested for this incident,” she said.
Watson worked at Indian Creek Middle School from August 2001 until his resignation on Monday, the first day school was back in session after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Davis-Viniard said she was not allowed to discuss any previous disciplinary problems Watson may have had, but said, “He did have a letter in his file regarding an incident between two students that occurred in his classroom in 2004.”
On the afternoon of his arrest last week, Watson showed up at the Roadhouse with his wife and the couple argued about his drinking, Athens-Clarke police said.
A bartender overheard the couple arguing about Watson supposedly being high and that he was going to end up in jail, according to police.
When Watson’s wife left the bar without him, he went after her, but quickly returned and resumed drinking, setting a Taser on the bar, police said.
He then started using the device, which can incapacitate someone by delivering electrical shocks.
“(The bartender) stated he went outside and put the Taser down to his pants and was acting like it was his penis,” according to the arrest report.
“When people would walk by, he would shock it at them and would come as close as arm’s reach from them and set the Taser off,” according to the report. “He scared a few girls so much they crossed the street to get away.”
The report did not mention anyone actually getting shocked by the Taser.
Watson was jailed on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct and released later that day after posting a $1,000 bond.