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Second family speaks out on Grady Co. teacher, accused of inappropriate behavior

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Published: Sep. 17, 2019 at 5:30 PM EDT
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By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

September 25, 2019

GRADY COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- One week after a Grady County teacher resigned, after admitting to allegations made by a student, the school remains tight-lipped on the details of his investigation.

Since then, more allegations of inappropriate behavior has surfaced.

The Grady County School District says the case involving Shiver School teacher, Ron Evans, is now closed. However, upset families aren't satisfied.

"No, it did not surprise me at all," said Sherrie Godwin, a Grady County resident.

She recalls an issue two years ago, when her granddaughter was in Evans' seventh-grade class.

"She said he calls us dumb, stupid, morons, and you're going to be just like your mama when you grow up and be on welfare," said Godwin.

After speaking with other upset parents, Godwin claims she called the school board with their complaint.

She says she never heard back, but later was approached by Evans on campus.

"He just said he was sorry for what he said and he wouldn't do it anymore, but to my knowledge he was still doing it," said Godwin.

She says after recent allegations, concerned parents believe nothing changed.

" I feel like if he did one child like that, how many more are there," said Godwin.

However, with Evans gone, she hopes for more children with a voice and schools with stricter policies.

"Who's to say he doesn't go to another school and does something worse," said Godwin.

Godwin is the second family to speak out on Evans' case.

The first parent, James Lamb, is currently in the process of seeking civil charges.

WCTV has filed several open record requests regarding all records and reports during Evans' time as a Grady County teacher.

Earlier this week, we asked the district about any claims reported on Evans before this month. However, they say his personnel file shows none.


By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

September 23, 2019

GRADY CO., Ga. (WCTV) -- A Shiver School parent that filed a police report, alleging a teacher inappropriately touched his daughter, says he's concerned not enough is being done.

"You always think that won't happen to my daughter," said James Lamb, a Shiver parent.

That is, until the day after Ron Evans resigned from Shiver School.

Lamb says that's when his 13-year-old student alleged uncomfortable comments and exchange with her teacher, Evans, last year.

"She said he had reached under her arms and picked her up in front of him and had pretty much brushed the side of her breast," said Lamb.

After speaking with the school, police, and the Division of Family and Children Services, a forensic interview was conducted on his daughter in Bainbridge.

However, Lamb says the result was unexpected and upsetting.

"Its a terrible thing to know that your child goes to school and this is what you have to put up with."

Grady County School Police says the forensic report closed their investigation.

The Police Chief says the student's statement and lack of evidence was insufficient for criminal charges.

"No school official, staff member, or anyone should even remotely put their hands on a child, whether it be a sexual touch or an unwanted touch."

Lamb remains undeterred. He says he's also reached out to Georgia's Department of Education concerning Evans' license to still teach.

"Parents talk to your kids. We've got to put a stop to this. This will continue to happen."

Lamb says he's now in the process of seeking civil action against Evans and the school. He says he has plans to follow up with an attorney by this week.

WCTV will be requesting the forensic interview report for Lamb's daughter, once it becomes available.

As of Monday, Grady County Schools says neither the district, school police, or DFCS is still investigating Evans.

They say they're also still not releasing details on the previous allegations that prompted Evans' investigation nearly two weeks ago. However, they did confirm that Evans admitted to the student's allegations, before resigning soon after.

Lamb says Evans' resignation helped his daughter feel comfortable with speaking up about what happened. He encouraged other parents to talk to their kids.


By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

September 19, 2019

GRADY COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Grady County Schools have confirmed the teacher under investigation was Ron Evans, who resigned from Shiver School earlier this week.

Earlier in the week, the district confirmed an unidentified teacher was being investigated by the school and the Division of Family and Children Services.

They say their internal investigation started last week and ended on Monday. The same day Evans, a seventh grade Shiver School teacher, turned in his letter of resignation.

Tuesday, seventh grade students at Shiver went home with letters from the principal regarding Evans' resignation.

Wednesday, the district stated they wouldn't confirm or deny Evans was the teacher under investigation and whether it prompted his resignation.

By Wednesday night, parents of a student filed a report with the Grady County Sheriff's Office.

The police report details an incident that happened on Shiver's campus during school hours, last year.

It alleges Evans made sexual remarks and inappropriately touched their daughter, while being her science teacher.

It also accuses him of similar behavior towards another female student.

In the report, the juvenile told deputies she decided to finally speak out after seeing Evans had resigned.

Thursday, WCTV reached out Grady County Superintendent, Dr. Kermit Gilliard.

He says the school was never aware of the allegations, before being notified of Wednesday's police report.

At that time, Dr. Gilliard confirmed that Evans was the teacher under investigation, but that the other student's allegations prompting their investigation were not sexual.

The superintendent says Grady County Schools takes all allegations very seriously and that each one will be investigated to ensure the safety of their students.

Grady County Sheriff's Office has referred the investigation to Grady County School Police.

Dr. Gilliard says their police have now reached out to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for assistance.


By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

September 17, 2019

GRADY CO., Ga. (WCTV) -- A Grady County School District teacher is under investigation.

The district's superintendent confirmed on Tuesday it has more than one investigation into one of its teachers.

Without releasing what happened, who the teacher is or the current status of their job, he says the district conducted an internal investigation that started last week and ended Monday.

The superintendent says they aren't releasing any details, due to another agency's involvement: Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services.

A DFCS spokesperson couldn't confirm or deny involvement, and suggested WCTV reach out to law enforcement.

However, the school's police chief says they aren't investigating a teacher.

We also reached out to Grady County Sheriff's Office. They tell us they haven't been notified of any investigation involving a local school teacher.

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