Valdosta Middle School Teacher Under Investigation

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

"There's a time and a place for everything and anything."

Singyette Daily was shocked to hear a teacher at Valdosta Middle School was under investigation for allegedly threatening to slap a 13-year-old student.

"I feel like your job is your main priority and a child needs to come to school and feel safe," said Daily. "So being threatened by a teacher is not appropriate."

Valdosta City Schools decline to comment on whether Cody was suspended or why she is under investigation.

WCTV attempted to reach Cody at work.

The School Board's Attorney says the matter is being looked into.

"This investigation is continuing and it will be conducted in accordance with the Georgia Law," said Gary Moser, Valdosta City Schools Attorney. "Very specific and then ultimately the school board itself, the Valdosta board of education will make the ultimate what if anything will be done."

Back in September Cody said another VMS student 14-year-old Calaundre Gascot hit her as he was attempting to leave class.

He was sentenced to 12 months probation but his family is appealing that ruling.

The school's attorney says this is an employee and employer dispute and the school board does not speak on personnel matters.


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  • by VMS PARENT Location: VALDOSTA on May 6, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    MOST OF THE PEOPLE MAKING THE COMMENTS ABOUT THE TEACHER BEING RIGHT AND THE STUDENT BEING WRONG OBVIOUSLY MUST BE CRAZY. THESE TEACHERS ARE ADULTS AND SHOULD ACT AS SUCH.
  • by student-in-codys-class Location: valdosta-middle-school on Apr 11, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    i see none of you are students and have been in mrs.codys class!!!!!!!!!!!! most student dont even want to go to her class because we dont want to be derespected!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and as for the people who say that kids from bad nieghborhoods are bad kids well im not and i hargun shots and see fights all the time!!!!!!!!!!!! i live right next to the projects!!!!!!!!!!!! yet i make the best grades in my class, never been wrote up, or have gotten a "mark" in school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Valdosta on Apr 5, 2011 at 07:04 PM
    Idon't agree with teachers lying on children to save there own jobs. No matter where a child grows up don't determine who they will be in life some of the richest children end up in prison. So no matter where a person lives dont determine the person they can be in life what this teacher had done is not acceptabl. All parents need to listen to what there children have to say.
  • by Annie Location: Valdosta on Apr 2, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    What is the teacher's side of the story? What about the other children who were around when the alleged incident took place? Maybe some folks are upset she was reinstated after the Sept. incident and are now out to get her.
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      by redhead on Apr 15, 2011 at 04:12 PM in reply to Annie
      Annie, If this was "your" child, the words you typed would be very different. Answer this...what make your child better than this child?
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        by Mother of Heart on Apr 19, 2011 at 06:07 AM in reply to redhead
        Thanks to redhead, I commend you for that comment bcause that is so very true: If it was her child her whole perspective of this situation will change her thoughts and her remarks. So dont ever judge a book by its cover. Annie you were asking about the teachers side of the story; did you see the hearing on the news about her texting the school nurse. What does that tell you!!!!!
  • by anonymous on Apr 2, 2011 at 03:25 AM
    She belongs to the Teachers Union and because of this she will never be fired unless she is convicted of a crime. Thanks unions for nothing!!
  • by Teacher Location: Valdosta on Apr 1, 2011 at 05:28 PM
    Well, I wasn't going to comment on this, but I see that none of you are teachers and have no idea what goes on in schools. I think as a general rule kids who live in rougher neighborhoods have little parent invovlement and pretty much do what they want at home. Teachers can only do so much. It is not our job to raise them, only educate them. Trust me, most of you wouldn't last a day in one of our schools.
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      by redhead on Apr 15, 2011 at 04:21 PM in reply to Teacher
      I'm a teacher too. You shouldn't hide your face behind this comment posting. Go to the VBOE and tell that to the members. Hopefully they will send you packing along with Cody! I definitely wouldn't want you to teach one of my children. Your statement just proved that you judge these students and and that you exhibit "power struggles" against them instead of trying to understand and comfort them. Just remember, those same students are why you are receiving a check!
  • by CYNTHIA Location: VALDOSTA on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    What?? Since when does where an individual lives determine how I treat them? America has got to stop this nonsense we are all the same. Where we live, the color of our skin our religion, or culture does not give you an excuse to put your hands on anyone. I can't believe she even said that.
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      by john on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:12 PM in reply to CYNTHIA
      Sorry cynthia, correct yourself we are not all the same, white, black, asian, different colors. I'm atheist so what does that mean? Culture are all different in different areas of our country, open your eyes. In valdosta sports are more important than education, what would you say about that. I praise the teachers here in valdosta for what they put up with. Dont think all children are angels, this is the real world angels dont exist!
  • by Lip Cheese on Apr 1, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    Threats are considered domestic violence. In the adult world, a threat can get you arrested or fired from a job. Why are kids different. The teacher taught "Thugism".
  • by Chell Location: Valdosta on Apr 1, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    That is absolutely horrible. The fact that she's under review for a second time in one school year is ridiculous. And as for the commenter below who says we should give the teacher a break, that is by far the stupidest thing I've heard. She has no right to hit or threaten a student no matter where or how they are raised. You're assuming (and we all know what that does) that all the students in Valdosta City Schools are bad and should be able to be threatened, which if the furthest from the truth.
  • by goodbudd Location: Lowndes County on Apr 1, 2011 at 03:56 AM
    Valdosta schools have the hardest students to handle coming from the projects and inner city. They are raised in violence and see it everyday Give the teacher a break
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      by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2011 at 06:19 AM in reply to goodbudd
      I couldn't disagree less. Just because as you say they come "from the projects and inner city" means they are bad kids?? Jumping to conclusions a bit. No matter what the circumstances no teacher should ever have the right to touch or threaten a child.
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        by Mother of Heart on Apr 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM in reply to
        To Goodbudd I strongly disagree it does not where the child lives its how you raise the child. I was brought up in the projects but it did not affect my up coming as to my schooling and who I am today. The same kids that are raised in the projects or the inner city some turn out to be more than you can imagine them to be. So never judge a book by its cover. Its to take a needle and try and pluck out someone elses eye but try plucking your own first. What about how the child feels? Consider that for a change, that is the main concern. Every child has a right to get an education no matter where they live. They go to school everyday to learn not to be threatened. If they are suppose to go to school to learn then what about when the teacher make them feel less than what they are. We as single parents find it hard sometimes when we give it all we got to build up our kids self esteem and teach them how to become very mannerable kids when you got someone else who you thought suppose to be a role model bringing them down to feeling less than a nothing. No child has to go through this!!!
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          by anonymous on Apr 2, 2011 at 03:28 AM in reply to Mother of Heart
          Goodbudd you are a badbudd for your crazy analysis and that should be your new name. How about it?
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