Spalding County

Georgia teacher arrested after hitting student in the head with computer charger, deputies say

SPALDING COUNTY, Ga. — A Spalding County teacher is facing charges after the sheriff’s office says she swung a computer charger at a student, but ended up hitting another student in the head.

Deputies were called to Kennedy Road Middle School on Wednesday to reports of a student being hit by a teacher.

Griffin Spalding County Schools administrators gave deputies classroom video footage of the incident.

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Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix says that on the video, deputies could see a student sitting in Cassandra Barlow’s chair behind her desk.

Sheriff Dix says Barlow can be seen grabbing a wired computer charger, swinging the plug-in end at the student, missing and hitting another student in the forehead. That student can then be seen falling to the floor.

While the student is still on the floor, the video shows Barlow continue swinging the cord at the student as he covers himself to keep from getting hit.

The student who was hit can then be seen pulling his shirt up over his forehead and walking out of the room with Barlow. He had a small cut and swelling where he was hit.

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Investigators say Barlow came to the station Wednesday night for an interview about the incident.

On Thursday morning, District Attorney Marie Broader’s office made the decision to charge Barlow with battery and simple assault.

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Barlow appeared before a Spalding County judge Thursday afternoon and had her bond set. She has since bonded out of the jail.

Griffin Spalding County Schools Executive Director of Communication and Partnerships Adam Pugh said that Barlow has been placed on administrative leave while the sheriff’s department and the school system continue their investigations.

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