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Richmond County teacher, system sued over abuse allegations

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 7:20 PM
Last updated Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 1:06 AM
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Parents of a Richmond County pupil are suing the school district and a teacher who, internal investigations found, had a history of misconduct.



Kayrie Washington-Cargill was placed on administrative leave in April after allegations that she grabbed a Tobacco Road Elementary fourth-grader by the neck when she couldn’t answer a math problem.

Now the parents of that child, Simon and Dorthea Goudeau, have filed suit in U.S. District Court, asking for punitive and general damages in excess of $75,000 for the “anxiety” and “humiliation” suffered by the child, who was 9 years old at the time.

The suit names Cargill as a defendant, along with the school system and Acting Superintendent James Whitson, who renewed Cargill’s contract in 2010.

The suit alleges that, beginning in 2009, Cargill “engaged in extensive, continuing abusive and unsafe conduct towards children who were RCSS students.”

Her actions resulted in letters of reprimand and “direction” from the school board, one of which stated “your professional decisions in the last few months ... have caused enormous concern to your principal and my staff,” according to the lawsuit.

The allegations, first listed by the school board and restated in the lawsuit, include: forcing a pupil to stand in the corner as punishment, then forgetting him after school was dismissed; causing a pupil to wet his pants when he wasn’t allowed to go to the bathroom; and confining children in the bathroom, sometimes with the lights off.

In the case of the fourth-grader, identified in court papers as “S.G.,” Cargill made statements that she wanted to adopt S.G. and take her home. On several occasions, S.G. was allowed to stay home and go home early “due to her fear and anxiety about having to see Cargill each day,” the suit states.

The suit alleges that Cargill threatened S.G. not to talk, saying “what goes on in (Cargill’s) class stayed in (her) class.”

In one incident, Cargill grabbed S.G. by the neck, “violently forcing her head down and into a desk” and yelling “Read it! Read it!” according to the suit.

The suit asks for damages on counts including intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of mental anguish and emotional distress.

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/14/11 - 09:29 pm
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If the allegations are true,

If the allegations are true, not nearly enough monetary damages.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/14/11 - 11:18 pm
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"Her actions resulted in

"Her actions resulted in letters of reprimand and “direction” from the school board, one of which stated “your professional decisions in the last few months ... have caused enormous concern to your principal and my staff."

"the school system and Acting Superintendent James Whitson, who renewed Cargill’s contract in 2010."

What! Are you kidding me? Were they waiting for a sign from god or a burning bush or something before they fired this teacher. Okay RC property taxpayers, get your wallet out and prepare to make another contribution to the RCBOE stupidity fund. Is there any leader, any manager, any supervisor in this county government or school system who can look a bad employee in the eye and say "you're fired". They could have a least sent her in front of one of those student tribunals and they could have sentenced her to alternative school where she would apparently fit right in.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/15/11 - 12:28 am
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Allowing this teacher to

Allowing this teacher to remain was absurd. Pay the $75,000.00 and be glad the suit wasn't for more. Another ridiculous waste of tax dollars.

Concerned2007
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Concerned2007 12/15/11 - 01:36 am
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If this drags out, the

If this drags out, the parents may end up with more than what they are asking. $75,000 for what this child went through is only a fraction (no pun intended) of what they should get.

Cameras in the classroom please.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 12/15/11 - 01:36 am
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(D)ichotomy, Could any school

(D)ichotomy,

Could any school board attorney be so cowardly as to refrain from recommending the termination of a renegade employee?

Farmboy
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Farmboy 12/15/11 - 10:51 am
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May the good Lord help the

May the good Lord help the teacher that ever does anything like this to my kid. May the good Lord help them indeed. It would be UGLY.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 12/15/11 - 10:52 am
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Please protect your children

Please protect your children from people like this.

blueshetlanddog1
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blueshetlanddog1 12/15/11 - 11:34 am
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I am having a hard time

I am having a hard time believing all this negative stuff. She must have had a personality change since I worked with her at another school for 2 years .She seemed like a good, caring teacher.She often stayed after school tutoring students for free. I never heard of or witnessed any inappropriate behaviour by her at that time. When this news first came out I was SHOCKED. Some children often ask to use the bathroom when they just want to get out of the room . She may have thought that is what he was doing.
Remember-innocent until proven guilty.

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