Valdosta Teen Found Guilty in Student-Teacher Dispute

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

There's no place like home for 14-year-old Calaundre Gascot who spent nearly a month behind bars at the Regional Youth Detention Center.

"It feels good, better than RYDC," said Calaundre.

"Well, it's been 21 days of mental anguish and pain for me and suffering but I'm better," said Tabatha Gascot.

Calaundre was arrested and accused of hitting his teacher Ashley Cody on September 24Th.

Thursday morning, family and friends entered the Lowndes County Juvenile Court for Calaundre's Detention hearing.

Students, Ashley Cody and an officer who were all at Valdosta Middle School on the day of the alleged incident testified before a judge.

Some of the kids said they never saw Calaundre hit Cody--they said he only pulled away from her after she grabbed him.

Cody said the students gave a false testimony in their statements. She said she never touched Calaundre and says she told the class whoever couldn't behave would go to in school suspension.

When Calaundre attempted to leave she says she stepped in his way and pointed to the seat she wanted him to sit in and may have touched him while pointing to the seat.

An officer who performed a second investigation into the case pointed out there were inconsistencies in Cody's statements and added from her investigation it didn't seem that Calaundre was trying to hit the teacher.

Judge Wayne Ellerbee found Calaundre guilty of simple battery and classroom disruption and sentenced him to 12 months of probation.

He also has to finish the Creating a Responsible Thinker program.

Although his parents are happy to have their boy home they plan on appealing the judges ruling.

"Guess we'll pursuing a little further to have more of the truth come out because I don't think it was fair, the out come today," said Juan Gascot.

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