Rockdale County

Substitute teacher under investigation after allegations she threatened Rockdale first grader

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. — A substitute teacher in Rockdale County is now under investigation after a student accused her of touching and threatening him.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes spoke with parents who say there was a video of the incident at Flat Shoals Elementary School, but there was actually an issue with the cameras.

Fernandes spoke with school district officials who say that classroom cameras typically record all day and are then stored in the system for at least 30 days. They say something wasn’t working correctly with the camera in this incident.

The parents believe it is part of a cover-up.

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Christina Callahan says her first-grade son came home from school one day and told them that his substitute teacher scared him.

“He was struggling with an assignment and that she placed her hand on top of his head to focus him, to look at the paper, and she was squeezing his head and said, ‘Do you want me to break your neck?’” Christina Callahan said.

“I was just very shocked and surprised that my son would have to go through this in school,” Daniel Callahan said.

They met with school administrators and were assured they were investigating and there was a video of the incident.


For the last two weeks, Fernandes has been speaking with a spokesperson for the Rockdale County School District by email. She says there was a problem with some equipment and there is no video of the incident. She also says there is no way for anyone to delete or edit video in the system.

The Callahan family believes there was video of the incident at one point.

“I do feel like there was video, and they viewed it, and they don’t wanna let it out,” Daniel Callahan said.

There is currently no timeline on when the investigation may be complete.

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