I was recently contacted by a concerned parent regarding an issue with someone at a Hall County School. The parent pointed out the Code of Conduct and Discipline Procedures for Hall County Schools, specifically item 27 under “BEHAVIOR THAT WILL RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES” that says; “Falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting or erroneously reporting information regarding instances of alleged inappropriate behavior by a teacher, administrator, or other school employee toward a student…”
In this case the parent provided a custody complaint against one of the teachers at a local middle school and specifically referenced a section that says, “The Plaintiff Father has become increasingly concerned about the emotional health of the child, and believes she is living in an unhealthy environment in the Mother’s home.” (The mother in this case is an educator and the child is a student at her school). The question becomes: was this reported to the school system by the mother (or the step father that is also employed by the school system)?
Granted, the code of conduct referenced here is for students. Unfortunately, the Hall County school system does not have their employee code of ethics posted online for citizens to examine, but it makes me wonder if the issue should have been reported and if the parents at the school should have been notified. The Georgia Association of Educators, however, does publish a Code of Ethics for Educators that says, “Abuse of Students—An educator should always maintain a professional relationship with all students, both in and outside the classroom.” While the Complaint to Modify Custody did not define circumstances concerning the accusation that the student “is living in an unhealthy environment”, it still seems like there may be an issue.
While this may all seem like much ado about nothing, the actual root of the complaint appears to be a possible misuse of power by one of the county employees who allegedly questioned other students who were friends of the child involved in the custody battle. According to the parent that I talked to (who is not the ex-husband that filed the custody complaint), the person questioning the students was the current husband of the teacher in the complaint and in a position of authority in the school; they suppose that the step father was trying to get information that could be used in the custody battle.
I suppose that it is not unusual for a child to attend the same school as a parent. I also suppose that with the divorce rate, there will be custody battles that flow back into the school system. What seems odd to me is that a husband and wife can work at the same school, but perhaps that is not unusual either.
The Truth has asked that I withhold the specific names and documents since there is a minor involved and since there are some facts that have not been completely substantiated…yet. We will continue to look into the issue including accusations that the county office has been made aware of some of the problems, but may not have acted.