CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - An elementary school counselor faces charges after police say she failed to promptly report suspected abuse involving a 5-year-old student. That counselor is also a city councilwoman.
While the school system continues to investigate this
He says she did her best to report the suspected abuse and it's not her fault the Division of Family and
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Martin says there's no way Jones, a Martin Luther King Elementary School counselor, should have been arrested.
Jones is also a Riverdale councilwoman.
Clayton County police say Jones failed to report to authorities within 24 hours as mandated by law that a 5-year-old student had bruising on both sides of his face when he came to school.
Police admit she took pictures of the bruises and called Division of Family and Children Services, but didn't reach anyone.
The school system says Jones needed to do more than call.
"You have to talk to somebody," said Vicki Gavalas, of Clayton County Public Schools.
But Jones' attorney says she did everything in her power to contact DFCS, calling the agency repeatedly.
"She did on the morning of the 8th, the afternoon of the
8th, the morning of the 9th, and ultimately she called police on the morning of the 10th," said Martin.
Martin says she contacted her superiors, and even called the school board office to see if there was another number to call.
"It's unjust and this woman did everything that she was required to do under the law and school systems protocols," said Martin.
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