Parents in Murray County come forward concerning possible student abuse

Dalton, Ga. (Dalton Daily Citizen / WDEF) – Parents of special needs children in Murray County are coming forward, saying a teacher that was caught slapping a special needs student on camera may have been physical with their children as well.

Shari Clanton, 55, was arrested on Friday and charged with simple battery following a May 2 incident at Bagley Middle School.

According to law enforcement officials, Clanton, a 13-year Murray County Schools veteran, was caught on camera slapping a male special needs student.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which took over the investigation at the request of the Murray County Sheriff’s Office, stated that the Bagley Middle School principal witnessed the event.

Some parents are reporting that no one from the GBI or the school system contacted them about an investigation, and now that Clanton’s arrest has been made public, past concerns about bruises and marks left on their children are being seen in a completely different light.

According to Murray County Schools Administrative Services Director Mike Tuck, the slapping incident happened in a hallway during a fire drill, in plain view of security cameras.

There are currently no surveillance cameras in the classrooms.

GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joe Montgomery said since Clanton’s arrest has been made public, he has talked with other parents who have had concerns with their children’s time in Clanton’s class.

According to Montgomery, the GBI is investigating every allegation.

Categories: Dalton, Local News, Murray County

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