A Grovetown Elementary School teacher accused of abusing a pupil resigned Tuesday, a day before he had to face a termination hearing before the Columbia County school board.
Superintendent Charles Nagle said in a news release that Kenric Johnson, 27, of Augusta, tendered his resignation Tuesday effective immediately. As a result, Nagle said, the due process hearing has been canceled.
Grovetown police arrested Johnson on Sept. 9 and charged him with simple battery, a misdemeanor. He posted bond and was released the same day.
School officials put Johnson on administrative leave after his arrest.
The arrest followed a Sept. 8 incident in which Johnson’s pupils said their teacher pulled a classmate from his desk by his collar and told him to report to the office. However, as the pupil was leaving, classmates said Johnson grabbed him by the shoulder and yanked him back into the classroom.
Another witness in the hallway during the incident said he overheard Johnson yell at the pupil and call him a “loser.”
Nagle said today that he had requested the hearing after deciding to recommend that the school board terminate Johnson’s employment following an internal investigation.
Termination hearings are similar to trials, with a “judge” overseeing the proceedings while school board members hear testimony against or for the accused.
Despite the resignation, Nagle said Johnson must face an investigation and possible punishment from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which licenses and polices teachers. The commission can revoke Johnson’s teaching license.