Teacher accused of assault had planned to quit

Woman accused of assaulting fourth-grader

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Before a Tobacco Road Elementary School teacher was placed on administrative leave in March amid allegations that she assaulted a fourth-grader, she had already notified school officials of her plans to resign at the end of this school year.

Kayrie Cargill submitted a letter of resignation to her principal Feb. 1, citing her plans to move from Augusta.

She was put on administrative leave after a parent reported to police that Cargill grabbed her child by the neck and forced her head onto a desk when the pupil could not answer a math problem March 23.

Richmond County school board attorney Pete Fletcher said he did not know about the resignation letter until last week because it was backed up in the personnel department for processing.

Fletcher is working with Cargill's attorney to determine whether the school system will impose her resignation immediately or whether it must allow her to finish the roughly 20 remaining days of the school year.

If she remains employed, Cargill would most likely be placed in an administrative position and have no contact with pupils, Fletcher said.

"So (employees) don't get paid for doing nothing, we'll let them come down and do something not in the classroom, like end-of-the-year records," he said.

Before the incident in March, Cargill had been reprimanded for a series of allegations dating back to her hiring in 2006.

They ranged from punishing pupils by forcing them to stand in a bathroom with the lights off to leaving the classroom and forgetting she had placed children in timeout.

In a letter of reprimand dated July 2010, then-Interim Superintendent James Whitson told Cargill her tenure with the school system had been "flawed to the extent that it is almost un-repairable."

Whitson wrote that Cargill's contract would not be renewed if she did not correct her actions. Cargill declined to comment Monday on the current investigation or past offenses.

The mother of the fourth-grader involved in the latest incident said she would be disappointed if the school system allowed the teacher to resign at the end of the year instead of being terminated.

Dorothea Goudeau said that after her initial report filed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, there has been no further police involvement while the school system finishes its investigation.

"They're giving her a pat on the back," Goudeau said of the school system. "If they don't take her license, who's to say she doesn't go to another town and do the same thing? We feel her license should be taken. She has hurt enough children. These are babies. They can't help themselves."

Fletcher said his discussions with Cargill's attorney will take place this week.

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cristinadh
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cristinadh 04/26/11 - 06:30 am
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"These are babies. They can't

"These are babies. They can't help themselves." yeah right!!

happychimer
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happychimer 04/26/11 - 09:19 am
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Grabbing a child by the neck

Grabbing a child by the neck is wrong. That teacher is going to grab the wrong child one of these days.

Debdudjoe
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Debdudjoe 04/26/11 - 09:25 am
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I agree that her teaching

I agree that her teaching certificate needs to be revoked, particularly after reading a previous article about the incidents in which she mistreated her students. Any teacher who thinks it is OK to treat a child the way this teacher has needs to be removed from the classroom and from having contact with youngsters. If my child were the student in question, I'd be emphatically pushing for her immediate termination.

Happychimer is right ... one day she will grab the wrong child by the neck and suffer the consequences. Either the child will assault her or a parent will confront her in a way that won't end pleasantly for any involved.

Get this teacher out of the classroom!

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 04/26/11 - 09:55 am
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Why was this teacher still in

Why was this teacher still in a classroom after even ONE incident? I know that discipline in schools is no more but that's another problem for another story. There are thousands of teachers out of jobs due to so called "budget cuts", teachers that understand that they cannot assault students, yet this one still has her job. Something is wrong with this picture but then again there is something wrong with the whole federal school system picture. The latest incident happened in mid March, yet she's still on the payroll and probably will be the next 20 days. It would be a bit hypocritical at this point to even justify removing her from the payroll - chances are that she opted to be paid over the span of the entire contract year so she would only lose those 20 days of pay anyway. Why was her contract renewed year after year if any of the previous allegations had been found to be true? Again, something is amiss here and it goes all the way to the top.

butterflygina
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butterflygina 04/26/11 - 02:02 pm
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She should be fired and

She should be fired and reported to http://www.gapsc.com/. She should not have the option of going somewhere else and potentially seriously harming a child. And I agree she had not grabbed or abused the right child. Meanwhile the school drags their feet, had a parent intervened and gave her a good beatdown, the parent would have been arrested and banned from Richmond County schools. There are always other places to catch her at...

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bigclaude 04/26/11 - 04:36 pm
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"These are babies. They can't

"These are babies. They can't help themselves."
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That comment sums up the problem with kids these days. A four month old baby "can't help itself." A fourth grader most certainly can!! Unfortunately the majority of parents now have this attitude that their kids can't help themselves, so they pump them full of ADHD drugs and make every excuse known to man for their bad behavior.

If the parents send their kids off to school with the "they can't help themselves" attitude then If I were a teacher who had to deal with that garbage every day then I would probably choke them too!!

CarlA
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CarlA 04/26/11 - 05:35 pm
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This is not surprising.

This is not surprising. Tobacco Road Elementary has major problems and this teacher is not the only one crossing the line with their "disciplinary" tactics.

Very common for kids to be jacked up against the wall, locked in the bathroom with the lights off for needing to use the restroom while at recess, beatings with rulers. I could go on and on. All of these things swept under the rug by the administration of the school and the RCBOE.

All the while, teachers who were working hard to help these kids from very bad home lives were run out because they "didn't understand black children".

TeachRCKids
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TeachRCKids 04/26/11 - 06:32 pm
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What major problems does TRE

What major problems does TRE have? I have never once witnessed any child being "jacked up against the wall" nor are bathroom doors equipped with locks where children can be locked inside. Judgements are easily made with little knowledge or facts. Please feel free to come volunteer in your child's classroom or any other classroom and see what these hard working teachers do for these kids every day! Don't judge everyone based upon the actions of one bad apple.

CarlA
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CarlA 04/27/11 - 09:41 am
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TeachRCKids, I'm not making

TeachRCKids, I'm not making this up. Journals and documentation of each instance witnessed and complaints registered to the principal were kept. I'm not judging everyone, but there were a few bad apples and the administration didn't lift a finger to fix known problems. Now it's catching up with them.

Article states, "Before the incident in March, Cargill had been reprimanded for a series of allegations dating back to her hiring in 2006.

They ranged from punishing pupils by forcing them to stand in a bathroom with the lights off..."

That kind of corroborates my knowledge of the sitaution at the school. I guess this was how Ms. Cargill drilled kids prepping for the CRCT? Why wasn't the teacher terminated prior to this incidence? Maybe because the school and Bedden didn't want any bad publicity???

chili peppers
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chili peppers 04/28/11 - 12:43 am
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This is what I don't

This is what I don't understand. Why is it that TENURE has replaced Quality? Tenure has allowed so many unfit teachers to remain in the class to just ride out time and collect a check. Every teacher doesn't have the HEART that it takes to teach kids, so the BOE just keep moving them from school to school until it's time to retire. She should have been out from the first incident,if it was found to be true, but she's allowed to stay and cause the school system more shame and taxpayers more money for lawsuits that I'm pretty sure will take place and I don't blame the families one bit. It's not about the money, it's the principality of it all.The principals at these schools should want the best because there schools reflect who they are and not to just have warm bodies in the classrooms. Come from behind your desk and go in , sit and observe your staff on a weekly basis without notice and ask for the lesson plans for the next two weeks to see who's on the up and up or teaching from day to day, and the parents need to also go in and see exactly what's going on. I visit my childs school, elementary school in West Augusta, from time to time and I am appalled at how some of these teachers speak to the kids. I sit in on my childs class in the 5th grade and god forbid if more than 3 students raise there hands for help, this poor teacher just have a meltdown and tell them to skip it, but never comes back to it, but they have to pass this on the CRCT.Parents wake up every teacher isn't a qualified teacher no matter if they do have 18+ years, remember tenure has replaced quality, stay on them. These are our kids, our future.And you would think with all these new neighborhoods being built in this area, they would be very selective in their choice of teachers, not just warm bodies in the class. New people, new ideas, new style teachers to teach our new style children, there learning changes from year to year, so if you're not the one who like new ideas, why bother to get up and come to work. I'm a RN at a local hospital with a lot of cutbacks, we are all burnt out, but does that give me the right to pass by you because your IV keeps beeping all time of night? No, so what gives these teachers the right to belittle or humiliate our kids because they have tenure. It's not right and the whole RCBOE needs an overhaul starting with the head of each school and work your way on down and forget TENURE and remember our futue, our KIDS.There are a lot of qualified, newly graduated or just qualified teachers period that would be happy to replace these I don't care tenure attitude teachers.I think every teacher should receive a grade on student improvement each nine weeks just like the students and if your grade don't make the cut, oh well then you need to be cut. Your'e given 25+ kids, and out of that 25, 22 should definetly be passing and the other 3 should showed improvement from each nine weeks to the next, because every child can learn, regardless of where they come from or what enviroment they leave behind when they set foot into your school. The true goal should be every student passes with a C+ or above, even the one that sits in his/her desk and never asks a question.You have to reach one in order to teach one, but I forgot TENURE has replaced HEART and Quality. Sad, Sad, Sad!!!

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