Charges dropped in case against former Kell High principal
by Lindsay Field
April 08, 2013 05:30 PM | 6941 views | 4 4 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Charges against former Kell High School principal Trudie Donovan have been dismissed by the Cobb Solicitor General’s Office.

Donovan, who resigned last year after 34 years with Cobb County Schools, turned herself in to the Cobb County Jail on misdemeanor charges of failure to report child abuse.

She was accused of knowing that a former Kell teacher James Chadwick Brigham slapped a student’s buttocks and another student in the face in his classroom last May.

Brigham was arrested on felony sexual battery and two counts of simple battery charges.

According to Cobb County State Court documents, all charges against Donovan were dismissed on March 27 upon the state finding insufficient evidence to prosecute.

“After an extensive investigation, the state is unable to pursue this charge due to lack of facts or supporting evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant violated the ‘willfully and knowingly’ portion of (the mandatory reporting law),” Assistant Solicitor General Latonia Hines wrote on the document.

It was signed by Cobb State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley.

Comments-icon Post a Comment
Glad I left Cobb
April 08, 2013
Now it is time to deal with the Super and the area super (Carter) who destroyed this woman's career. I would think there are a couple of middle school administrators and their attorney's who are paying attention to this story. Wonder how much the defamation is going to cost the county (keep in mind they are self-insured) I hope both men have a real good insurance policy.
Cobb School Advocate
April 08, 2013
Cobb's Human Resources department needs a big "flush" - the system needs to rid itself of the entire group to include Area Superintendents.
April 08, 2013
So why didn't the Cobb Solicitor General’s Office do an investigation and their due diligence BEFORE an arrest warrant was issued? Power trip? Just enjoy screwing with peoples lives? It was clear that there was no imminent danger to anyone, so there's no excuse for the "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality.
April 09, 2013
My son went to Kell for a year. This "lovely" woman ignored instructions from us and sent him home on a bus that went to our old address, making my son walk 2 miles and across a 4 lane highway busy with traffic where a pedestrian had been previously hit. When I called to discuss this with her she said when my child walked through the doors of her school, he became her child not mine. Too bad they had to drop the charges, I believed EVERY bit of it.
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides