Teacher charged with cruelty to children, battery
by Aimee Sachs
September 05, 2014 04:00 AM | 5882 views | 12 12 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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MARIETTA — A Cobb County teacher is accused of grabbing a kindergarten student by the ankle and dragging him to the principal’s office.

Judy Bingham, 48, a Tritt Elementary School kindergarten teacher, was arrested Thursday and charged with cruelty to children, a first-degree felony, and simple battery, a misdemeanor, stemming from an incident Aug. 15.

In a letter written to Tritt Elementary parents Thursday, Principal Tricia Patterson said parents of the students in Bingham’s class “have been contacted individually and informed that the teacher will not be returning to Tritt.”

According to the school district, the student’s father learned about the incident from a neighbor.

The neighbor said his fourth-grade son witnessed the teacher dragging the kindergartener down the hallway to the front office.

Jay Dillon, school district spokesman, said Patterson learned about the incident Sunday, andthe ensuing investigation led to Bingham’s arrest.

An incident report from the Cobb School District’s Department of Public Safety said the class’ paraprofessional, Indie Smith, told authorities the student had not been listening or following directions in class Aug. 15.

When he continued to act out, the report said, Bingham grabbed him by the ankle, causing the child to fall back and hit his head on the floor as she dragged him to the bookshelves.

According to the report, Smith said Bingham told the student “she would drag him by the leg or arm, he could choose.” When the child didn’t respond, the report said, Bingham dragged him out of the classroom by his ankle and down the hallway to the front office.

“Ms. Smith said Ms. Bingham gave her the impression that school administration was aware of the manner in which she had taken” the child to the office, the report said.

When questioned, Bingham said the child “had walked to the bookshelves on his own” and she “scooped him up” rather than dragging him by his ankle, according to the report.

“At that point, Ms. Bingham said she wasn’t comfortable talking about the matter,” the report said.

The school district declined to comment further on the alleged incident.

Bingham was released from the Cobb jail Thursday on $5,000 bond.

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Luitpoldt
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October 13, 2014
When I was a child in primary school long ago, the teachers were typically profoundly abusive, screaming at the classes until the window panes rattled, insulting children to their face, deliberately humiliating students in front of the class, and even occasionally making racist comments. I was so sickened by the oppressive atmosphere there that I used to cry on the way to school every day from first grade to third grade. I remember one day in second grade my teacher made me write and re-write a paper until it was absolutely perfect, without a single error. Since I was so nervous at her sitting over my shoulder and screaming at me, I kept making errors, so she kept me after school so long that my mother finally came to find out what had happened to me. I remember the teacher turning to me with a vicious, wild look on her face, halfway between delight and pride, saying, "You must hate me!" She was obviously severely sadistic, but this was typical of my experience.

I am shocked, however, to see so many people commenting on this news story now who seem so delighted at this example of child abuse. If you thought of how things used to be, you would never want the spirit of the old days to return.
Honest Abe
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September 06, 2014
I would not be a public school teacher today for any amount of money. The kids are brats to the core and the parents don't give a flip and will support the child's case when confronted with disruptive behavior complaints by the administration. Lawsuits, suspension of teachers under investigation, frustration of not being backedup by the principals and or school boards. Who needs that?

And we can't figure out why we have the largest penal system in the world?
anonymous
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September 08, 2014
Ditto that for police officers, Honest Abe. They have a split second to make a decision to kill or be killed. You and I and I both know the root of the problem. Home. As long as we continue to punish figures of authoriy, the bigger the crime and school problems will become. Look at the penal system and study the statistics and say aloud the truth of who is in custody and why. Nobody dares to do that. For fear of lawsuits.
anonymous
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September 06, 2014
Another example of a child that will probably grow up to cite police brutality when arrested for just cause while on their way to prison for years and years. Obama at its finest. The children are never wrong--never. I have seen kids in stores I would like to take over and spank their behinds if only the law would allow me to. Their parents sure don't discipline them, then it is whine, whine, whine abuse when somebody finally loses it on them. I can't wait to read about the lawsuit this will entail won by an ambulance chasing starving lawyer that reads this article.
Kids not behaved
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September 05, 2014
Each year, the behavior issues get worse in the schools from a huge lack of parenting. We have kids crying and throwing tantrums all day long. They will throw themselves to the floor, screaming like crazy people, and refuse to get up. If you try to pick them up, you are kicked, punched, and scratched. This will go on daily in some classrooms and there is nothing we can do. We call administration to come get the child. After a half hour of totally interrupted instructional time, we try to redirect the other students. People have no idea what kids are like and the parents act shocked. Please, discipline your children at home! I am amazed at the total lack of respect from kids and their parents. 75% of teachers leave by the 7th year and these are good teachers! I am sure we don't have the whole picture on this issue yet!
Momwhodisciplines
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September 06, 2014
I totally agree. First of all, I guarantee this child has had major behavior problems for quite a while that have not been addressed by the parents. It's easier to blame someone else! This teacher was doing the best she could with an apparent non compliant, disrespectful child. The kid should have been removed from the school not the teacher!
eCobb Dad of 3
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September 05, 2014
Can't help but wonder why the para-pro did not say more or intervene. I hope there's more to the story than what is reported.
Robert Hand
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September 05, 2014
Sounds like a good way to get kids attention. In my day students got paddled often. We learned to do what we were told. I went to school in the 50s and 60s. A lot fewer social problems.
Totally agree Robert
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September 05, 2014
We had less issues because the adults had the upper hand. Now, the kids can act crazy and disrupt your class all day long. Parents are pathetic. If my school ever called my dad about me acting up, I knew what was coming. I am 99% sure this child is a huge issue in school!
melanieb.
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September 05, 2014
A few questions; why didn't the principle go in & talk to the teachers aide about what happened? Why didn't the teachers aide say anything about the incident until now? This teacher should be gone with out pay and never teach again. I can relate to bad behavior in children but the teacher a paid professional should have asked for help from the principle. They can call them for help or she should have gotten the teachers aide to go get help with this child. This is why so many parents are having trouble with our school system; teachers doing something like this or worse. If I had a child in this woman's classroom I would ask for them to be moved and I would stay on this school like white on rice to make sure this does not happen again.
calm down mel b
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September 05, 2014
How can you say "This is why so many parents are having trouble with our school system; teachers doing something like this or worse."

How often have we seen this happen, and then when it did happen the teacher was fired. What else would you like to see happen? I won't go on a tangent about how teachers aren't allowed to hold kids accountable or have expectations for them anymore. Instead just look at this one case, if it happened the way it is reported than obviously a teacher did something very unprofessional and negligent, for which she has now been fired. How does that relate to now not trusting the school system. Just because one idiot did something doesn't mean the system is failing.

Get off your soap box and take a breath.
AGTSR
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September 06, 2014
And please learn how to spell PRINCIPAL
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